Intimate Spectacle is an independent performing arts producing company based in Sydney, Australia, founded by Harley Stumm. We work across genres, from contemporary theatre and dance theatre to live art, interactive performance, and events in between “the arts” and popular culture.
We’re interested in work that’s engaging, surprising, perhaps playful, but with substance, and full of heart. We see “contemporary” arts practice not as intimidating or difficult, but simply as art that speaks for and to the times we live in. Great performance connects artists and audiences through memorable, transformative shared experiences. For us this usually involves inviting the audience into some kind of relationship beyond passive spectatorship – perhaps animating the spaces, physical or virtual, in which we live, work or play.
We are building a producing model that’s flexible, responsive yet proactive, and artist-focused. And that works reciprocally, that’s about exchange and sharing as much as gigs and touring, whether it’s working internationally, regionally or anywhere in between.
What We Do
We work with a number of small companies and independent artists, in different capacities tailored to the needs of the artist. Services we offer include:
- Producing new work, either on a consulting basis for artists with their own company infrastructure, through to full service producing where we provide financial management, payroll, project administration and contracting;
- Tour producing, including all aspects of delivery such as budget & financial management, pre-production, contracting, freight travel and production management, venue liaison, marketing negotiations, and tour management, nationally and internationally;
- Tour development on a consulting basis, for companies who wish to seek outside expertise to set up the tour, but prefer to manage their own touring, nationally and internationally;
- Specific arts management consulting, for example for strategic planning, project planning, funding applications, and partnership development.
Our extensive network of relationships with a wide range of artists across artforms and throughout Australia, also equips us to assist presenters with programming, from conventional touring presentation through to new work projects.
We can work with you to broker and design partnership projects as residencies, commissions, and other collaborations with artists, including those featured on this site and others suited to your context.
Harley is the founder and director of independent performing arts producer Intimate Spectacle. Established in 2012, the company works across genres, from contemporary theatre & dance theatre to live art and interactive performance. He engages with artists to produce their work from early research stages through creative development, premiere production and touring (at all or any of these stages). He has highly developed networks and reputation among artists, presenters and the sector at large – nationally and internationally.
He has produced and toured works by recent collaborators Branch Nebula, post and Nick Power, as well as indigenous choreographer Vicki Van Hout, Cambodian-Australian rocknroll band Cambodian Space Project, visual theatre makers Sam Routledge & Erth, and Lenine Bourke, to major festivals & venues nationally, regionally and internationally.
Highlights include the recent French/Australian collaboration commissioned by Sydney, Adelaide & Brisbane Festivals, Nick Power’s Two Crews; three years of touring of Nick’s Between Tiny Cities to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, as well as throughout remote Northern Territory communities; post’s Oedipus Schmoedipus bilingual presentation in Santiago (2017), and adaptation into Cantonese with Hong Kong Repertory & West Kowloon (2018); 14 seasons including a national tour of Branch Nebula’s Helpmann Award-winning Snake Sessions to skateparks throughout Australia; presentations of Lenine Bourke’s The Walking Neighbourhood in Finland, and developing and touring Cambodian Space Project’s rock opera Cosmic Cambodia between Kampot Cambodia and Sydney.
Harley has worked in performing arts producing since 1994. He undertook the National Touring Framework consultancy with Rick Heath for the Australia Council in 2011-12, instrumental in the recent positive reforms to performing arts touring. He was Producer at Performing Lines 2005-11, managing the Mobile States contemporary touring program, and touring and producing artists such as Tanja Liedtke, Chambermade Opera, version 1.0, Marrugeku, Back to Back, The Farm and My Darling Patricia. He was Executive Producer and joint CEO at Urban Theatre Projects 1995-2003, producing a body of more than 20 new works honoured with the 2003 Sidney Myer Award, including its breakthrough Adelaide Festival commission The Longest Night (2002), and numerous large-scale site-specific productions.