PRODUCER - WRITER - DIRECTOR - CHOREOGRAPHER - PERFORMER
Hannah Tasker-Poland (She/They - Welsh/Pākeha) is a multi-faceted artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Their professional body of work spans almost 20 years as a dance-artist, choreographer, director, producer, stage and screen actor, stunt performer, SPFX performance specialist, burlesque artist, dance/movement tutor and newly accredited Intimacy Director & Coordinator.
They have worked with many of the countries notable companies and productions including Borderline Arts Ensemble, Atamira Dance Company, Footnote New Zealand Dance, World of Wearable Arts, The Playground NZ, Auckland Theatre Company ('The Made', 'Lysistrata', 'Chicago', 'Cabaret'), ‘Ghost In The Shell’, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Ash Vs Evil Dead’ and ‘Spartacus’ and as a founding member of The New Zealand Dance Company, touring throughout Australasia and Europe.
Hannah is the director of projectMUSE, a project-based arts company creating innovative, compelling and visually stunning interdisciplinary performance works that showcase powerful storytelling and performance from a queer feminist perspective. Her most recent full-length works include ‘The Most Naked’ (2021 - 2023) which has enjoyed a slew of sold-out seasons.
A 2008 graduate of Unitec with a BA in Contemporary Dance, Hannah regularly facilitates dance and movement workshops and is a guest dance tutor at various secondary, tertiary and professional dance spaces.
COMPOSER - MUSICIAN - PERFORMER
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Lucien Johnson has been described as “a saxophonist and composer of rare excellence and mettle.” Involved in a diverse range of artistic projects, his music always succeeds in maintaining a distinctive sound, with a chameleonic emotional range that can shift from warm and intimate through to radical and rebellious.
He has released several acclaimed albums, toured in six continents and produced works for major international arts and music festivals. He has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Harriet Friedlander New York Residency from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.
Johnson has composed music for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Dance Company, for short film and documentaries and for his own projects. He was musical director of Shogun Orchestra which released two albums on German label Jakarta Records. His latest album under his own name, “West of the Sun”, was released on Japanese label Wonderful Noise and was a finalist for NZ jazz album of the year.
Johnson is the composer for Borderline Arts Ensemble. For their work, LOBSTERS, Johnson was awarded Sound Designer of the Year and was also nominated for Outstanding Composer at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Johnson wrote the script and music for STRASBOURG 1518, which was a major commission for the 2020 New Zealand Festival. It was subsequently performed at the 2021 Auckland Arts Festival and at a sold-out return Wellington season to rave reviews.
Lucy completed her dance training at UNITEC, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance.
Lucy was a founding member of The New Zealand Dance Company, performing for the company for the following eight years, touring across New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands.
Lucy now works as a freelancer, performing and working closely with many different companies and choreographers here in New Zealand. Lucy dances and choreographs for commercial dance company Diamond Entertainment and Vospertron Performance Group. Lucy has also danced for Black Grace Dance Company, World of Wearable Arts, WOMAD, Splore, Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland Cabaret Festival and The New Zealand Body Art Awards.
Holly is a movement artist from Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa ( Auckland, New Zealand ). She trained professionally at Ettingshausens Pro (Sydney, 2014) and the Broadway Dance Centre ISVP programme (New York, 2016), as a scholarship recipient.
Holly has worked with Dance Plant Collective (STRUCTURE, Orbit), Hannah Tasker-Poland/projectMUSE (The Most Naked), Kit Reilly (Turbulent Kingdoms) and Momentum Productions (Soundscape, Autonomy, Chromatic). In Tokyo Japan, Holly performed in Jillian Myers work (Questions and Answers).
Her choreographic credits include Tempo Dance Festival (2019-21), Taking Dance to the People by Dance Aotearoa NZ (2020), and TūramaChoreographic Residency (2021). Some of her commercial dance credits include Lorde music videos ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Mood Ring’, TV shows ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘Shortland Street’, and numerous K-Pop Skeleton crews with choreographers Kiel Tutin and Todd Williamson.
CO-PRODUCER - PRODUCTION MANAGER - SET DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
In his 18 years as a Performance Artist and Technician, Emmanuel has been fortunate enough to work across many facets of the industry. His training as a dancer has seen him tour across the world and NZ with many notable companies and productions. Manu has worked with Atamira Dance Company, World of Wearable Arts Award Show, is a regular collaborator with the Borderline Arts Ensemble and through his four years with Footnote New Zealand Dance was able to work with some of the country's top choreographers including Ross McCormack, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Malia Johnstone, Alexa Wilson, Kate Macintosh and Lisa Densem.
Beginning at a young age helping his father construct and paint props, puppets and stage sets, Manu transferred this experience on as he joined the Q Theatre Technical team as a mechanist in 2017 and is now one of their Senior Venue Technicians. He is a freelance Set Designer/Fabricator, out of his workshop ATELIER 01 as well as a freelance Production Manager.
He produces and production manages original works with his partner Hannah Tasker-Poland, through her company projectMUSE, as well as his own, IVRE+MORT.
LIGHTING DESIGN & OPERATION
Brynne Tasker-Poland is an arts manager, designer, and producer, working primarily in the Pōneke live arts community since 2016. She has worked with numerous companies and organisations across the country including World of Wearable Arts, Barbarian Productions, Java Dance Theatre, and as the Technical & Facilities Manager of BATS Theatre 2019-21.
Brynne’s passion is lighting design for dance and movement based art, with her designs for UNDOING (House of Sand, BATS Theatre 2022) and Skin Tight (Circa Theatre, 2022) earning her Lighting Designer of the Year at the 2022 Wellington Theatre Awards.
She is currently the Communications & Operations Manager for Footnote New Zealand Dance, and Founder & Creative Director of Company Hiraeth, a multidisciplinary performance company based in Pōneke whose debut production Loops has won numerous awards including the 2022 New Zealand Fringe Festival Melbourne Fringe Tour Ready Award, and nominated for Most Original Production at the 2022 Wellington Theatre Awards.
CO-PRODUCTION MANAGER - STAGE MANAGER - SOUND OPERATOR
Coming from a full-house of theatre practitioners, Billie started her career as a performer, both in stage & film, and soon found a passion for the technicality of backstage production.
Starting her journey in Stage Management, she uncovered her niche for the wild world of cabaret and circus. Choosing to specialise in this field, Billie has spent the last 7 years working on incredible productions both here and abroad, all whilst bringing up her beautiful baby girl.
Having previously experienced The Most Naked as a patron, she knew the opportunity to work alongside this incredible team was not to be missed.
COSTUME DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Elizabeth Whiting has designed costumes for NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, The Court Theatre, Red Leap Theatre, Okareka Dance Company, Black Grace, Douglas Wright Dance Company, Michael Parmenter, Atamira Dance Company, Shona McCullagh, Royal New Zealand Ballet, projectMUSE, Pop-Up Theatre London for the Edinburgh International Festival and The World of Wearable Art core show in Wellington for six years.
In 2010, she won the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Costume Design Award for The Arrival (Red Leap Theatre). She represented New Zealand at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2003 with her costumes for Falstaff and, again, in 2007, with a team of designers who created the exhibition Blow.
Her designs for The Marriage of Figaro have just been presented inSeattle, and her costume designs for Tosca in Perth had a great reception. Recently, Elizabeth has designed Uncle Vanya (The Court Theatre), Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn (Red Leap Theatre), Kiss the Sky (The New Zealand Dance Company), Blonde Poison, Nell Gwynn. Her costume designs were seen in the successfully remounted productions of Hudson & Halls Live! and The Mooncake and the Kumara.
In 2018 she designed La Boheme for NZ Opera, The Cherry Orchard and Shortland Street the Musical for Auckland Theatre Company and Here Lies Love for Silo. In 2019 she designed Mr Red Light for Nightsong Productions Joan and Daylight Athiest for Auckland Theatre Company, Tu Meke Tui for Auckland Live, Romeo and Juliet Live Concert.
SPECIAL EFFECTS PROSTHETICS ARTIST
Yolanda Bartram is the owner of BODYFX, New Zealand’s leading face and body art company. Her company specializes in specialFX for film and TV, medical industry as well as face painting, makeup and Bodypainting.
Yolanda has been painting people for over 20 years and has won numerous international and National awards, including double World championships. She travels the world for demo body paints, teaching and judging.
Her main job in New Zealand is to inspire, teach young artists and create FX products that are being used in the film industry as well as being sold in the BODYFX shop. Further she uses body art for corporate work and personal projects. Yolanda and her work have been featured in many newspapers, magazines and tv shows.
Hannah and Yolanda have worked together in SPFX for 20 years now - Hannah's longest running artist-muse relationship - and Yolanda has been a key collaborator of projectMUSE since its inception in 2017
VIDEOGRAPHER & EDITOR
Robin Kerr is a video content creator based in Auckland. He specialises in profiling live-art makers and showcasing their work.
Robin trained as a director at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and directed a number of shows for his theatre company The PlayGround Collective before turning his attention towards film.
While working for online news platform Re: he researched, wrote, shot and edited over 150 online videos. He has worked with commercial clients such as ASB, Netsafe, BNZ, NZTA, the NZ Police and The Science Journalism fund.
He has filmed work for a variety of performing arts companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Silo, The NZ International Comedy Festival, World of Wearable Art, The Dust Palace, Borderline Arts Ensemble and Splore Festival.
From Champagne (France), Jocelyn is a documentary and portrait photographer interested in recording change and continuity in society, particularly in New Zealand where he has lived for more than 10 years.
Jocelyn obtained an Art Degree from his home town 'Ecole des Beaux-Arts [Art School]' in 1989, then moving to Paris, obtaining his Masters in Information Technology.
Jocelyn came back to professional photography after his arrival in New Zealand, in 2000. He photographed what could be the first published book shot in Digital in 2002.
For the past 10 years Jocelyn photographed many subjects, from food photography, to portraits, fashion or botany and had multiple exhibitions such as 'Roman Rigodans' & 'Alter Ego: I Is Another'. He has been trusted to capture the creative process of many NZ artists including Hannah Tasker-Poland and 'Orchids'. Jocelyn was a finalist for New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year in 2011 and 2012
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HERO IMAGE - IVAN MULLER
GRAPHIC DESIGN - JASON ALDOUS & CHLOĒ REWETI
POSTER CAMPAIGN - PHANTOM BILLSTICKERS
POSTER PRINT - SOAR PRINTING
KATE WARD-SMYTHE, KATHRYN OSBOURNE, SARAH GRAHAM -
THE Q THEATRE TEAM
MEGAN BROWN - THE TARANAKI ARTS FESTIVAL TRUST TEAM
RICHARD TAYLOR AT WETA WORKSHOPS
ROB AND LUCY TAPERT
JONATHAN HENDRY - THE BATS THEATRE WELLINGTON TEAM
CHARLIE UNWIN - THE DUNEDIN ARTS FESTIVAL TEAM
PITSCH LEISER - THE HAWKE'S BAY ARTS FESTIVAL TEAM
WELLESLEY STUDIOS AUCKLAND
THE DANCE STUDIO AUCKLAND
TARRANT DANCE STUDIOS
MEG HOPE AND GEOFF WILLIAMS
THE NEW ZEALAND DANCE COMPANY
AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY
THE CIVIC THEATRE AUCKLAND
GROUSE LIGHTING AOTEAROA
JORDAN DICKSON AT SILO THEATRE
RACHEL ROUGE AT THE MENAGERIE