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APR 29, 1-3 PM
In this artist talk, performance-maker Tamara Saulwick and long-term collaborator composer/sound designer Peter Knight, will explore the idea that sound can function as a key dramaturgical element in live performance and theatre; one which can be deeply embedded into the structure, form and logic of any new work. Drawing from examples in a number of Saulwick's works, the artists will offer insights into their collaborative process and the practical, technical, and aesthetic considerations they bring to working with sound in performance.

Saturday, April 29, 1-3 PM

Berkeley Street Theatre Rehearsal Hall
Cost: FREE
The talk will be of interest and open to performance practitioners and/or directors wanting to explore the possibilities of working with sound and composition in more integrated ways, to sound designers and composers working in theatre and live performance contexts, and to anyone who has an interest in gaining new perspectives on collaboration and creative process.

Tamara Saulwick


Building on over twenty years experience, Tamara Saulwick's individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, her works reflect on how we as individuals connect, confront, and interact with one another. Tamara's work has toured in Australia and internationally, been adapted for radio and received numerous nominations and awards. Her solo work Pin Drop received critical acclaim, was nominated for four Green Room Awards and won Outstanding Production Award (Theatre - Hybrid Performance). Pin Drop was later presented at the Malthouse Theatre (2011), toured across Australia, adapted for ABC Radio Nationa, and was presented as part of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural celebrations. Other recent works include commissions for public spaces, Seddon Archives (2011), PUBLIC (2013), Newport Archives (2016), and Alter for Melbourne's 2016 Festival of Live Art. Tamara's most recent independent work Endings was commissioned by Performance Space and Arts House, and premiered at the 2015 Sydney Festival, earning Tamara a prestigious Helpmann Award nomination for Best New Australian Work. A sonic excerpt of the work was previewed at the 2014 Aarhus Festival in Denmark. Tamara is an Australia Council for the Arts Fellow and the Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera. She recently premiered her first work for the company, Permission to Speak, a collaboration with composer Kate Neal.

Peter Knight

Sound Designer & Composer

Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music, & experimental approaches. Peter's work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre & creates sound installations. He has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra since 2013. Perpetually curious, Peter's practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, & between cultures developing an international following for his work with nine albums in as many years showcasing a diverse range of ensembles and approaches. Peter is the recipient of numerous awards and nominations including an Australia Council Music Fellowship, two Bell Jazz Awards, APRA/AMC Art Music, Green Room Theatre (sound design), and AIR Independent Music. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded 2013 Alumnus of the Year.


Using portable turntables, reel-to-reel tape players and live performance, acclaimed performance-maker Tamara Saulwick finds form for experiences both ordinary and extraordinary that cluster around death, dying and afterlife. Endings is built in part from one-on-one interviews: people's stories, reflections, and voices. These recordings are cut on to vinyl records and embedded within a richly textured electro-acoustic sound design that is operated, accompanied, and extended through live performance and song.


With the generous support of
Spotlight Forum is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding