James Marples

Live Arts & Hybrid Arts

Twelvis

Twelvis is a one-man live art concert and performance lecture that mines the eerie and subversive potential of Elvis’s music. The show features Elvis songs, fragments of musicology lecture and grotesque set pieces. .

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I am Australian songwriter, composer and performer who has recently returned to Melbourne after 16 years in the UK. My music composition for theatre and dance has been performed at Sadlers Wells and the Southbank Centre, l’ve released records on a number of UK independent record labels and as a bandleader I fronted the Milkshakers a 1950s rock n roll band that performed throughout the UK and Europe. In 2018, I was the artist in residence at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College London, and received Arts Council funding for my songwriting project ‘Colonial Sun’.

I am raising funds for Twelvis, a show that debuted at the 2019 Melbourne Fringe and which we hope to tour at Fringe festivals around Australia and New Zealand.

The show is aimed at pop music audiences, academic audiences and fans of Elvis Presley.

We hope to complete performances of the show at Adeleide, Darwin and Auckland Fringe festivals over the course of the next nine months.

Twelvis is at a crucial stage stage of its development. Having completed its first Fringe performances and received a rapturous reception from live art and theatre audiences we are keen to build on the first showing. Funding support would enable us to build a wide audience for the show and move it to its next stage of development.

If we are able to proceed with the next stage of development, we hope to work with Haydn Green the director of Hear My Eyes, to develop our audience and establish a significant online and social media presence. We also hope to work with Claire Best who will help give the show a unique costume flair.

Donations will be used to support our progress to additional performances of Twelvis and to facilitate artistic development of the show.

Specifically, the donations will cover festival registration, public liability insurance, some travel and accommodation expenses and artist fees.

Donations will also be used to cover artist fees and to enable us to commission the costume designer Claire Best to create a bespoke costume for Twelvis.

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James Marples is an Australian songwriter, composer and performer who recently returned to Melbourne after 16 years in the UK.

As a composer, his work for contemporary dance company Secondhand Dance has been performed at Sadlers Wells, Southbank Centre and toured internationally. In 2017 he composed the music for Sam Shepard’s Lie of the Mind at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

As a bandleader, for twelve years he fronted the Milkshakers, a 1950s rock n roll band that performed over 300 gigs at festivals and events throughout the UK and Europe. He has also released his own music including an EP with Anvil Records in 2004, a single with the Matthew Herbert affiliated NX Records in 2013 and most recently in 2019 an EP, ‘Go Quietly’, which received BBC radio play and was added to the Amazing Radio playlist.

Much of his work sits at the intersection point between music and academia. In 2018, he was the artist in residence at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at Kings College London, and received Arts Council funding for his project Colonial Sun exploring Australian National Identity through songwriting. And in 2019 he performed an eight-night run of ‘Twelvis’ a live art concert and performance lecture about Elvis Presley.

JK

Sidney Myer Fund

VIC

Links

Artists Website
http://www.twelvisshow.com