Hydra Poesis is a Perth based performance company established in 2006 by director Sam Fox. Working between live art, theatre, dance, installation and film, Hydra Poesis make work that is hybrid, collaborative and critical.
The company is committed to primary research and compelled to engage with the double binds and conflicts they are implicated by or caught up in. Hydra Poesis has been recognised as a strong contributing presence to the development of interdisciplinary performance in WA and has been a permanent resident company of CIA studios since January 2007.
In early 2012 director Sam Fox was awarded one of the 12 inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, with 2 years of financial support to further his practice and the company. 2012 also sees the company in pre-production for Prompter, a live theatre work that involving an online chorus streaming into the performance from around the world through a custom internet based multi-channel video. The company are developing two new major works this year: Imago State, a solo work created in collaboration with ex-Frankfurt Ballet dancer and choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton, and Wikileaks the Ballet with worldwide collaborators.
Some of the company’s past successes include their 2010 show, Personal Political Physical Challenge, presented at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and soon to be toured to the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne for a season in August 2012, and their 2010 NEXT WAVE Festival commission, Liberty In The Dark, a short film created as part of the Private Dances platform, curated by Natalie Cursio.
Hydra Poesis has been funded/supported by the Myer Foundation, CIA Studios, the Theatre and Dance Boards of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Culture and the Arts Arts Development and Young People and the Arts panels, the Myer Foundation, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, ARTRAGE, Fox Associates, Petch Bricklayers, Healthway and the City of Perth.
Photo: video still from Liberty In The Dark featuring Chris Cobilis, shot by Rob Bygott.