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7 Newcastle-based emerging artists, 7 individual performance works. Tantrum’s Trajectory Ensemble presents a series of personal yet universal works developed under the guidance of performance artist Lottie Consalvo. Utilising performance art, installation, video and live performance these works will intrigue, engage, delight and provoke.

Created & Performed by Tantrum Artists: Jo Lynch, Mel O'Dell, Zana Kobayashi, Gillian Adamson, Caitlin Dempsey, Chris Le Page, Jamee Campbell

Jo Lynch

Jo Lynch is in her final year of a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle. She completed an Advanced Diploma at Newcastle Art School (TAFE) in 2014 and has since exhibited in various local exhibitions. The remediation and morphing of language as it adapts to contemporary contexts fuels her practice. Her work is cross-disciplinary, addressing text, voice, image and objects as instances of communicable exchange. Lynch is interested in collaboration and curatorial projects as way to engage with arts and social practice. She is on the Watt Space Student Gallery Committee and has worked with experimental art collective Hobotechno. In 2016, Lynch will be presenting new work in both the National Young Writers and Crack Theatre Festivals for TiNA, as well as co-curating an exhibition at Watt Space.

Mel O’Dell

Mel O’Dell is a Newcastle based artist, born in Kempsey, NSW in 1993. In 2015 she completed a teaching degree at the University of Newcastle with specialisations in English and Drama. Mel's art practice traverses painting, wood burning and performance. Her work explores the sensations of release and the sense of freedom that comes from a lack of attachment. Further encapsulating temporal struggle, breaking, realisation and detachment. O’Dell is currently developing works for her first solo exhibition in August at Alchemy Art Space, Newcastle, as well as a series of short performances for This Is Not Art in October 2016.

Zana Kobayashi

Zana Kobayashi is an emerging writer, producer & curator. The desire to generate creative change in her hometown has been the driving factor in her development. Her most major contribution to the local community has been as co-founder & editor-in- chief of The Follower Newspaper; a local arts and culture publication with a monthly distribution of 52,000 to the Greater Newcastle area. This year Kobayashi will work with local institutions such as Newcastle Now, The Lock Up & Idea Bombing Newcastle to further produce unique opportunities in the city. She is currently working on performances for Crack Theatre (This is Not Art) and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery as a part of the Trajectory Ensemble. Kobayashi has also been invited to speak at the National Young Writers Festival later in the year.

Gillian Adamson

Gillian Adamson is a 23 year old artist and graphic designer based in Newcastle. Born in Bolwarra, NSW. Adamson completed a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle in 2013. Adamson's artistic practice includes mixed media illustrations, painting and performance art. Through her work she examines the cause and effect of anxiety, particularly in relationships. She has worked professionally in the graphic design industry, as well as exhibited in local galleries and Zines. In 2015, Adamson was a winner of Amnesty Newcastle's 'Divercity' exhibition, and more recently had a solo exhibition at Gallery 61 Revisited, Newcastle.

Caitlin Dempsey

Caitlin Dempsey has a background in singing and musical theatre. She has appeared in a number of local musical theatre productions and was awarded community scholarships for voice at the Conservatorium of Newcastle in 2012, 2013 and 2014. For the last four years Caitlin has been studying a Bachelor of Psychology at The University of Newcastle. Her performance art practice is informed by the emotional states and psychological constructs she has learnt about during her studies. Caitlin is currently completing the honours component of her degree and is due for completion in October 2016.

Jamee Campbell

Jamee Campbell is primarily a physical artist working across the forms of dance, circus and physical theatre. Through participation in the Trajectory ensemble she is exploring performance art and the blurring between life and art. Campbell has performed around Australia, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong and the Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Diploma of Circus Arts and is working towards her Masters of Teaching.

Chris Le Page

Chris Le Page is a performance artist and theatre maker. His practice has a strong connection to sociological theory and social commentary. Le Page's art practice responds to the idea that "nothing is real" and that the performance of societal constructs pervades. In his theatre practice, he creates content which explores the links between identity and love. More recently, he has felt drawn to devising his own performances, plays and films. Currently he is in the process of writing a play "Unknowing," a short film "Coffee" and performances through Trajectory. Through Trajectory, he will be devising a performance for Tantrum Theatres 40th birthday, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery sculpture garden's 20th anniversary and This Is Not Art (TINA) Festival. Chris Le Page is currently attending the University of Newcastle and will complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Creative and Performing Arts and Sociology and Anthropology at the end of 2016. He has been in productions with Reamus Youth Theatre, The Tempest and Antigone. During the last two years Le Page has performaed in a pilot with JMC academy, a music video with Triple J and NIDA and the lead in a short film with UoN.

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