Georgia Cranko
...a beautifully volatile and disabled existence of raw humanity, art and activism...

Performance

Georgia works with the minutiae of the everyday as a way to expose, understand and celebrate inhabiting a body from an unconventional perspective. She majored in Gender Studies as a part of a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Sydney , and she is a self-described cultural theory nerd. This continually informs her artistic practice, politics and her sense of identity.

2010

 

DECEMBER

LIVING WITHIN CONTEXT, 

THE RED RATTLER THEATRE 

A solo work about living without speech, about the everyday inside an unruly body. This work was devised with artistic guidance and mentorship from body-based artist, Georgie Read and produced by cultural worker and art practitioner, Claudia Chidiac. The film works, Silhouette and Just Because…were a collaboration between Georgia and Sydney-based videographer, Michelle Dennis. She received the Delineate grant, funded through Accessible Arts as a part of the Don’t dis My ability campaign.

 


2011

21 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER

FRAMING GRAVITY, 

SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

The video work,Silhouette was exhibited as part of an exhibition put on by  an Accessible Arts’ program ART.BOXX,  exploring how social influences shape and  define who we are and can become. Georgia and a fellow mover, Grace Nehme were invited to perform a piece co-choreographed by dance therapist, Kirsty Fromholtz. Georgia also gave a talk as a part of the exhibition.


2011

 

CROWNIES, S01EP01

AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMPANY

Georgia had a small part in the first episode of the ABC’s legal drama, Crownies (dir. Lynn Hegary and Garth Maxwell). “Sophie” is a sexual assault survivor with a disability, seeking to prosecute the perpetrator.



MAY

 

LYTHOPHYTES & EPIPHYTES , 

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL 

In 2012, Georgia was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Australian Youth Dance Festival held at NAISDA, Gosford and performed a work, that responded to the surrounding environment, choreographed by Philip Channells.

2012

MAY

PRACTICE IN MOTION, 

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Just Because… was showcase in Practice in Motion, which highlighted the contribution and creative processes of emerging and established Australian artists with disability, both solo artists and collectives working across a variety of art forms including dance, theatre, music, visual arts and interdisciplinary practices. The exhibition was produced by the Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Accessible Arts and curated by Jennifer Stockins.

2013

 
With fellow performer, Matt Shilcock..

With fellow performer, Matt Shilcock..

April

MEN=flesh/WOMAN=flesh - FLAT

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KALDOR ART PROJECTS’ 13 ROOMS

Georgia was a performative sculpture in Brazilian artist, Laura Lima’s work, MEN=flesh/WOMAN=flesh - FLAT, shown as part of a performance art installation, called 13 Rooms. The piece explores flesh as basic working material, to challenge the notion that the human body is a stagnant object for aesthetic consumption, playing into the social and historical definition of beauty. By forcing people to engage with embodiments of the Other in a way that makes them contort their bodies, it brings the focus back to the mechanics of the flesh. Georgia also gave a talk as a part of Kaldor Art Projects’ education program.


 

Beyond Technique Residency,

BUNDANON TRUST

Georgia was one of only five solo artists selected to work with Elizabeth Ryan as part of the recent 3-day Beyond Technique Residency at the Riversdale property (Bundanon Trust) on the NSW south coast. From which she began to further develop her artistic practice and started to work on a piece called DO not TOUCH.

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The residency, led by Philip Channells (Creative Director / Dance Integrated Australia) attracted 24 emerging and professional artists from across Australia and New Zealand. This project planted the seed for future disability-inclusive dance projects to spring out of the residency and has gained widespread interest from the Australian arts sector.


 

The Artist with Disability Initiative

SWEATSHOP, UWS WRITING & SOCIETY RESEARCH CENTRE

Georgia was involved in The Artist with Disability Initiative, which was a one-day seminar at UWS Writing & Society Research Centre, Bankstown, organised by the Western Sydney Literacy Movement, Sweatshop. She presented alongside Amanda Tink (Accessible Arts NSW), Emma Bennison (Arts Access Aust), Gaelle Mellis (Access2Arts SA) and Liz Crow (Roaring Girl Productions).


 

Catalyst Materclass,

ACCESSIBLE ARTS

Georgia was part of an innovative program, a collaboration involving dancers with and without disability breaks new ground in integrated dance, and is the public outcome of the 2013 Catalyst Dance Masterclass Series..

Choreographers Sue Healey, Dean Walsh and Philip Channells worked with more than 20 dancers to devise three short dance works traversing duets between camera and dancer, sub-aquatic space and states of dress and undress. The climax was Second Skin, a studio showing at Bangarra Theatre, where dancers shed their layers and expose what’s underneath their skin. 


 
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Arts Activated Conference,

ACCESSIBLE ARTS, STATE LIBRARY

During the ‘Accessibility – Pushing the boundaries of Literature Readings’ session, Georgia was one of the three writers with disability who read their works in a way that considers audience access for people with disability, challenges and disrupts audience assumptions of a reading, and pushes boundaries of literary form.


 

NoRMal,

OUTLANDISH ARTS

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From Arts Activated, NoRMAl, a performance of stories by four artists on their personal experiences, was established. Georgia explored topics including disconnection, preconceptions and medicalisation, alongside fellow writers,Gayle Kennedy, Gaele Sobott, and Amanda Yeo, with audio-visuals by Andy Ko. . NoRMAL was developed with accessibility in mind and includes captioning, Braille texts and AusLan interpretations. 

It was performed at EWF Roadshow, NSW Writers' Centre, 8th Nov, 2014 and Lakemba Senior Citizens' Centre, 2nd Dec, 2014.


Just a little funny…

Beyond the square

Just a Bit...Funny at the Sydney Comedy Festival exhibited an online sketch comedy videos, including Georgia’s Shit People Say To Nonverbal Peeps and comedians with & without disabilities delivered a night to squash stereotypes and misconceptions, entertain, challenge the norm and embrace difference in an otherwise beige world. And we weren't politically correct. The MC was the wonderful Tommy Dean with the line up being Alex Wasiel, Dane Hiser, Darien Brown, Billy Freeman, Madeleine Stewart, Phillip Debs & Tracie Sammut plus someone who we're not allowed to mention! Except that it was Tom Ballard!


The Hunting Party

Powerhouse Youth Theatre

Georgia spoke at a live art event incorporating presentations on practices within art and culture, one of “The Hunting Party” series, curated by Karen Therese and Victoria Spence.

The event experimented with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraged informal conversations on serious topics, as prompted by spoken and performed presentations.

This Hunting Party was a meeting platform for artists and activists of all abilities and backgrounds, presented for International Day of People With Disability. It explored the lived experience of disability and how it shapes our lives.