Late in 2015, artist Jessi Lewis stayed in Jambu – a small village about five hours drive from Surabaya in East Java. Surrounded by fields of chilli and corn, mornings where heralded by roosters, the buzz of motor cycles, the morning ritual of bathing with buckets of cold water and soap. His time there culminated in a performance as part of Tobong Arts Festival, however what emerged as most significant was the unexpected deeply impacting friendships and transforming cultural exchange. It was perhaps these interactions that have had the most profound impact on his practice as an artist weaving together physical performance with images, text and sound.

This is just one of the forever life changing experiences the young artist was lucky to experience, shortly after this  he delved into the hustle and beautiful chaos that is Delhi, working with artists from the slums, to create collaborative work as part of Mangar Arts Festival. In India. he learned for the first time, how to “play with fire'”, introduced to the art by a master of this form at a party in celebration of Depavali- the festival of light.  These experiences are unique,and offer a rich tapestry from which this show can be created, each memory a vibrant colour, each encounter a thread…  we fold into… a performance which takes audiences on a journey through a surreal and visceral landscape….

Jessi Lewis creates solo performance works that are cross disciplinary and highly visceral. He has recently returned from Malaysia performing for the 3rd year as part of Melaka Art and Performance Festival.  His work has been deeply influenced inspired by these experiences, most notably the people and cultures unique to these places. Ultimately his work seeks to inspire thoughts and conversations by challenging the status quo.



Further information: Jessi Lewis
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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.