In September we announced that our Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Kristine Landon-Smith had been appointed as Lecturer in Acting at NIDA in Sydney and would be moving to Australia to take up this position on a full time basis from spring 2013 (see the announcement article for full details here). Since this announcement she directed her Tamasha show The Arrival which toured in March and April, to a rapturous response from press and audience alike.
The following Monday April 15th, we marked a landmark moment in Tamasha’s 23 year history when we bid farewell to Kristine. Among a group of close peers, supporters and TDA Artists and friends we raised our glasses to this bittersweet moment as Kristine embarks on her new life. There were impassioned speeches, laughter and tears as we looked back on her glittering achievements with Tamasha and at the same time looked forward to the possibilities she will bring to Australia as she takes up her post as Lecturer in Acting at NIDA.
This is a ‘coming home’ for Kristine as she grew up in Australia and no doubt she will build on her success as a director who has pioneered an intracultural practice which she is also recording through her PhD.
As Kris said in her leaving speech:
‘ I leave a company with a huge body of work, an infrastructure that runs like clockwork and an inspiring, imaginative energetic community of artists connected to the organisation through TDA. They are a force to be reckoned with.’
We are delighted that she remains connected to Tamasha’s work from her base in Sydney. Following Tamasha’s recent tour of The Trouble with Asian Men at the Parramasala Festival, we will explore further possibilities ‘down under’.
As we absorb this change with mixed feelings, we are also looking forward to our exciting body of upcoming work and events in our current three year ‘Small Lives, Global Ties’ programme. Over the next six weeks we are delighted to be forming new associations with High Tide festival with a rehearsed reading of My Name Is… and St George’s Hospital with a special scratch event. We also are looking forward to an exciting evening at Rich Mix with our upcoming scratch Music and Migration: Underscoring Our Lives and to TDA workshops focussing on Digital and Clown.
You can listen to the ‘Tamasha at 23 Years’ Theatre Voice interview with Sudha and Kristine here.