Kinetic Energy is a multidisciplinary theatre company based in Sydney, Australia, and has been operational since 1975. It embraces all the arts as a platform for exploration, creation, performance and radical cultural engagement. The company tackles challenging subject matter in a profound yet playful way, reflecting the inspiration of its artistic directors Graham Jones & Jepke Goudsmit. In an age of commodification and cultural fragmentation, the company dares to marry the artistic and the political. Committed to making a difference, Kinetic Energy looks for and indeed provides alternatives, both in its structure and its outreach.
"Jones and Goudsmit are indeed an extraordinary pair - true national treasures of the performing arts" (Brian Hoad, The Bulletin)
Kinetic Energy's activities and initiatives include:
• New Work: research, creation and production.
• Performance: regular seasons at the company's intimate theatre base at the St Luke's complex in Enmore, and occasional tours elsewhere.
• Kinetic Jazz: regular festivals celebrating and supporting Australian jazz & improvised music in an acoustic concert setting. The 18-piece Kinetic Jazz Orchestra was formed in 2011. See KINETIC JAZZ.
• Village Space: a unique interactive theatre-in-education project with a focus on social justice issues. Village Space plays are toured nationally by a team of up to seven performers. See VILLAGE SPACE.
• Kinetic Collective: opportunities for young creators and performers of every field to train, make and try out work.
• Kinetic Archive: documenting our vast body of work and handing on the legacy. See HISTORY.
“It tackles the things that really matter - it does so in a theatrical language which is just right rather than just fashionable - it does what it does well.” (Paul McGillick, Australian Financial Review)
Since 2017 the company has been in transition.