Company History

Intimate Spectacle is an independent performing arts producer established by Harley Stumm in 2012. It works across genres, from contemporary theatre & dance theatre to live art and interactive performance.

In its first five years, Intimate Spectacle has worked with some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary performance makers, producing 8 new works, and more than 40 seasons of 15 works, in every Australian state and territory, as well as Finland, Chile and Cambodia.

Major new works include post’s Ich Nibber Dibber (commissioned & produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre with Intimate Spectacle, Sydney Festival 2017) & We Are the World (commissioned & presented by Country Arts SA, 2017), Branch Nebula’s Artwork (Carriageworks 2015) & Snake Sessions (2016), Vicki Van Hout’s Long Grass, Sam Routledge & Martyn Coutts’ I Think I Can, Cambodian Space Project’s Cosmic Cambodia, and Erth’s Murder (Sydney, Adelaide and Ten Days on the Island Festivals, 2013).

Post’s Oedipus Schmoedipus premiered in Sydney Festival 2014 at Belvoir, and in 2017 was presented as a bilingual Spanish/English production at Centro Gabriela Mistral, in Santiago Chile. This year it tours nationally, and a Cantonese language adaptation will premiere in Hong Kong.

Branch Nebula’s Snake Sessions, commissioned by Bundanon Trust, has toured skateparks in regional and major cities throughout Australia, and won the Helpmann Award for Best Visual & Physical Theatre Production (2017). Their work Whelping Box won the same award in 2014, as well as a Green Room Award, for Best Contemporary Performance.

In 2014-15, we produced The Cambodian Space Project’s Cosmic Cambodia, in Kampot, Cambodia, in collaboration with Khmer Cultural Development Institute, and in residency at Casula Powerhouse, later touring to Sydney Festival, World Theatre Festival Brisbane, and OzAsia Festival Adelaide.

Vicki Van Hout’s Long Grass (Sydney Festival and Dance Massive 2015), co-produced with Performance Space, was nominated for an Australian Dance Award, Best Independent Dance.

In 2013 we produced Sam Routledge & Martyn Coutts’ I Think I Can, a new public live art work by with model railway enthusiasts, presented by Performance Space on Sydney Central Station Grand Concourse in City of Sydney’s Art & About festival, 2013, before touring to Perth Festival, Festival of Live Art Melbourne, and international seasons in Europe and North America, toured by Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

We’ve also commissioned and presented a series of short works events, Near and Now, inviting Moogahlin Performing Arts, Martin del Amo, post and Theatre Kantanka, to curate four weekend events at our home base, independent space 107.

In 2014, Harley and Intimate Spectacle curated and produced the IETM Caravan to Sydney, a highly successful event, hosting 50 artists, presenters and producers from countries including Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Netherlands, Czech Republic, UK, Germany, Denmark, and Finland. The event was a three day immersion in Sydney’s streets, history and contemporary performance culture and practice: part professional delegation, part promenade performance, part networking session, part brainstorm, part pub crawl.