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New York 2017 ISPA Congress - Performance
New York 2017 ISPA Congress

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PERFORMANCE | Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nicola Gunn

Nicola Guun is a Melbourne-based performer, writer, director and dramaturg. Since 2001, she has made works blending performance, art and anthropology to explore the fragility of the human condition with subversive humour. Her artistic practice is committed to institutional critique, social engagement and generating works that activate the public sphere by questioning old ways of being or proposing new ones. She uses performance to reflect critically on its place in theatres, to examine power relations in existing organisations, and to consider the relevance and social function of art itself. 

Recent works include: Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (2015), A Social Service (2015), Green Screen (2014), In Spite of Myself (2013), Hello my name is (2012) and At the Sans Hotel (2010). Her work has been presented by Dublin Theatre Festival, Festival de Keuze (Netherlands), Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre Melbourne, Arts House, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, PICA, Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, La Mama Theatre and festivals in Canada and New Zealand.

She has won Green Room Awards for Conceptual Realisation (At the Sans Hotel), Outstanding Contemporary Performance and Best Performer (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster); a Perth Fringe World Best Theatre Award (Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster); PACT Best Experimental Performance Award (Hello my name is); and The Blue Room Theatre Award for Most Outstanding Theatrical Experience (Hello my name is). Nicola is an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow and a Mike Walsh Fellow.

For more information about Nicola Gunn, please contact Fenn Gordon from Performing Lines at

Photo: © Sarah WalkerPhoto: © Sarah Walker

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