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40 year Celebratory Anniversary Season

KINETIC ENERGY Theatre Company turns 40 years!

That means four decades of creation & performance. Of exploration, innovation, cultural activism, education and boundary breaking initiatives. And sometimes going against the wind…  We're celebrating the occasion across two weekends: September 18-20 & 25-27. 

The first weekend features our versatile group in our most recent music theatre piece: HOME. The Friday and Saturday of the second weekend you can see excerpts from our long history, both live and on film: ILLUMINATE. Our special guests: Kevin Hunt (25th), and Don Reid (26th). And on the last Sunday you can TUNE IN to a one day Kinetic Jazz event with four bands: Divergence, AustraLYSIS, The Polymorphic Orchestra and The Kinetic Jazz Orchestra.

Come and join the celebration! Seating is limited, so we recommend you reserve your tix, at no extra cost, by email or phone.


Venue: St Luke’s Hall, 11 Stanmore Road Enmore (opposite 7/11)

Tickets:  $25/ $20/ $15 on all nights except on 27th: $30/ $25/ $20

Starting times: Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun 20th at 6.30pm, Sunday 27th at 4pm.

Bookings & inquiries: 9665 6489, or email

More information about the program:


September 18 – 20. Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 6.30pm.

HOME    music theatre with a punch: a real look at a surreal world

How to give shape to your hopes and dreams in a world gone mad? The gap between rich and poor is widening. Urban homelessness is increasing at an alarming rate. It's so easy to be pushed down the social ladder. Equal opportunity seems to be more and more like a myth. Set in Sydney, in the now, the play paints a multi-dimensional perspective on the question of homelessness. Stories of defiance and resistance, of pain and pathos, of kindness, vitality and love. Told with much humour, by a host of colourful characters, and placed in a filmic sound-scape, ranging from jazz classics by Bryce Rohde and Gil Evans, to contemporary rap and spoken word poetry. And sprinkled with references to Australian folk song and bits of wisdom gleaned from Shakespeare and Henry Lawson. In true Kinetic Energy style, the play seamlessly interweaves dramatic, poetic and musical textures.

With: Demitra Alexandria, Janaka Biyanwila, Melanie Eden, Jepke Goudsmit, Robert Gray, Graham Jones, Shane Millward, Henriette Tkalec and Forever Tupou. Written & directed by Jepke Goudsmit & Graham Jones


September 25 & 26 at 8pm

ILLUMINATE    images and signature pieces

A selection of excerpts from our body of work, some performed live, others on film, and strung together by stories and images spanning 40 years. Performer/creators Graham Jones & Jepke Goudsmit will be joined live by two long standing associate artists: pianist/composer Kevin Hunt on the Friday, and reeds master/ composer Don Reid on the Saturday. Footage from the archives is curated by Jola & Saha Jones.


September 27 (Sunday) from 4pm

TUNE IN    a one day Kinetic Jazz event featuring four bands

4.00 pm - DIVERGENCE

The Divergence Jazz Orchestra showcases music created by its own members and by other Australian composers. The band is made up of 19 accomplished young Sydney musicians led by Jenna Cave (conductor/composer) & Paul Weber (trombone). At this concert, Divergence will be joined by Australian jazz legend Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) as guest soloist and will present new arrangements of some of Bukovsky’s classic tunes for Ten Part Invention, plus compositions penned by Divergence members. Divergence players: Trombones - Paul Weber, Brendan Champion, Tim Coggins, Luke Davis. Trumpets - Dane Laboyrie, Paul Murchison, Luke Stephens, Paul Meo, Will Gilbert. Reeds - Justin Buckingham, Loretta Palmiero, Dave Reglar, Louis Klassen, Tim Clarkson. Rhythm - Luke Liang, Andrew Scott, David Groves, James McCaffrey.

5.30 pm - AustraLYSIS Electroband

Formed by Roger Dean in 1970 as the innovative European group LYSIS, austraLYSIS has played in thirty countries, made more than thirty commercial recordings, and is critically acclaimed as “one of the best improvising bands in the world”. The Electroband repertoire is based around free and process/interaction improvisation and comprovisation, mainly using compositions of Roger Dean, many written in the programming platform MAX/MSP. Novel computer interaction, real-time computational sound processing and generation is used to complement and extend the acoustic instruments (primarily piano, saxophones), and often to form a complete continuum with them. Electroband: Roger Dean (piano, computer); Sandy Evans (saxophones); Greg White (computer).


Lee McIver (Trumpet/flugelhorn/laptop/samples/FX), Ed Goyer (Vibraphone/ Mallet Kat/Samples and Ed Rodrigues (Drums/Samples) will take you on a sonic journey. The three musicians interface with each other, their instruments and a battery of technology.  With the stage as their shed, they build music using the tools at hand. Traditional and non-traditional instruments meld with sampled spoken word, audio stems, FX in pure improvisation exploring texture, tension, melody, colour and release.


Formed in 2011 as a Composers Orchestra, this versatile 18-piece organism has developed a unique body of work with a distinct dynamism and feel, focusing on the creation of original work, and nurturing each member’s individual talents. The Orchestra has established itself as a force majeur in the Sydney music scene. At this concert, several new works will be premiered, along recently launched compositions. All by KJO members. And we welcome two guest composers conducting their own work: Niels Rosendahl, fresh from completing his Masters at North Texas University, has written a new piece specifically for the KJO. And sound master Roger Dean, who has an ongoing relationship with the KJO experimenting with improvisation for large orchestra, will conduct his: 'BiKinetic'.  The KJO: Reeds - Don Reid, Tim Clarkson, Justin Buckingham, Jason Morphett, Scott Simpkins. Trumpets - Mike Kenny, Chris Ellis, Cam McAllister, Paul Meo. Trombones - Matt O’Brien, Gus Lewis, Nich Polovineo, Lee Tuckwell. Rhythm - Hugh Fraser, Ed Goyer, Jeremy Sawkins, Alex Masso, Wilbur Whitta.


Earlier Event: May 15
Later Event: April 1
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