Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters, co-creators, began collaborating in 1998. Driven by an eclectic and diverse passion for culture in all its forms, working in a range of settings; public space, conventional and non-conventional, with diverse artists like skaters, BMX-ers, dancers, parkourists, footballers, Bboys and Bgirls, and performance artists, to create experiences for audiences that are immediate, risky, physical, visceral and challenging.
Branch Nebula works across disciplines in performance, dance and design to challenge mainstream cultural conventions. They often work with non-conventional performers to collaboratively devise work that defies categorization. They interrogate the audience experience and explore contemporary culture as a means of creating access and speaking to a broad audience.
Branch Nebula’s Helpmann nominated Concrete And Bone Sessions premiered at Sydney Festival in January 2013 and toured to the Santiago A Mil festival in Chile in January 2014. The Helpmann and Green Room Award winning Whelping Box, co-produced with Matt Prest and Clare Britton, premiered at Performance Space’s SEXES festival at CarriageWorks in October 2012, toured to Arts House in Melbourne in September 2013, and Brisbane in March 2014. In July/August 2013 Branch Nebula created s.l.o.a.p. (space left over after planning) working with local professional street-style artists, an international co-production with the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki Finland for the Urb Festival, later adapted for Freespace presented by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong, in November 2014.
Most recently, in August 2015 the company premiered Artwork , commissioned by CarriageWorks, working with unrehearsed non-performers who first meet the company an hour before going on stage. BN is currently creating a large scale event in Liverpool, Foodfight, commissioned by C3West (Museum of Contemporary Art & Liverpool City Council), a collaboration with Milkcrate Theatre, Feast, and an improvised work created through a short tourable residency process in a skatepark, Snake Sessions, commissioned by Bundanon Trust, to premiere in Nowra in April 2016.
SWEAT premiered at Performance Space Sydney in 2010, toured to Dance Massive in Melbourne (March 2011), and to the ‘In Transit’ festival at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (June 2011). The Helpmann nominated Paradise City premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2006 and toured to four international festivals in Brazil (2007), and to 11 venues all over Australia as part of Mobile States (2008). In 2004 Branch Nebula co-produced Plaza Real with Urban Theatre Projects. In 2001 they created Sentimental Reason, which premiered at downstairs Belvoir Street and toured to Kultureel Centrum nOna in Mechelen (Belgium), Performance Space (Sydney), and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Mad Red, a full-length work, was their first production and was presented by the Victoria Festival in Ghent (Belgium) in 2000, before touring to Bern in Switzerland for the Auawirleben festival.
Matt Prest is a performance maker with a background studying performance and installation art. He holds a BFA in Sculpture, Performance and Installation, from COFA, UNSW and has trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris in Bouffon and Clown. Matt has been a lead artist in the cross-disciplinary theatre works: The Tent (Next Wave Festival 2008, Liveworks Festival Performance Space 2008, Campbelltown Arts Centre 2009, Darwin Festival 2010, PICA 2010), Hole in the Wall with Clare Britton (Next Wave Festival, Performance Space and Campbelltown Arts Centre 2010) and Whelping Box with Branch Nebula and Clare Britton (Performance Space 2012). He has been awarded a 2010 Green Room award for Hole in the Wall and nominated for a 2012 SMAC award for Whelping Box. He is a current recipient of a Creative Australia Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists from the Australia Council 2012-14 and is participating in Robert Wilson’s Watermill Summer Program in New York.
Clare Britton is a interdisciplinary artist who works across concept, design and performance. Clare is Co-Artistic Director of My Darling Patricia. A founding member of the company, Clare has collaborated to create My Darling Patricia’s process and body of work. My Darling Patricia has created 6 original works that have received theatre and design awards and toured nationally. Concurrent to her practice with My Darling Patricia, Clare has an active freelance practice. This includes an ongoing collaboration with Matt Prest, creating with him, performance/installation works The Tent, Hole in the Wall and, in collaboration with Branch Nebula, Whelping Box. Clare is currently developing My Darling Patricia works Mantle, Alice Osborne’s Falling, The Piper and The Batela Project. Freelance, Clare is working on Yurt Empire, Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grosvenor’s The Fox and the Freedom Fighters and Room Noise with Matt Prest.
Jack Prest has been working as a producer, sound designer and performer in Sydney for more than 10 years, building an impressive resume that includes headlining shows at the Big Day Out, studio work with KRS-One and rotation on Triple J. Jack is currently involved in a solo multimedia art project called Future Love Hangover in which he is reinventing the album for the 21st century, bringing a fine art aesthetic to pop music. This is Jack’s second time collaborating with this group of performers; he also created the sound design for The Tent in 2008 (Next Wave).