Company History

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

In its first eight years, Intimate Spectacle has worked with some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary performance makers, including Nick Power, Branch Nebula, post, Vicki Van Hout, Sam Routledge, Cambodian Space Project, Erth, Team MESS and Lenine Bourke. We’ve produced 15 new works, and well over 100 seasons of 20 works, in every Australian state and territory, as well as Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Finland, and Chile.

Recent highlights include Nick Power’s French/Australian collaboration featuring hip hop dance crews in Sydney and Paris, commissioned through the Major Festivals Initiative by Sydney, Adelaide & Brisbane Festivals, Two Crews (2020).  Nick’s Between Tiny Cities continues to tour, with over 20 seasons to date, including  Tanz im August (Berlin) to imPulsTanz (Vienna), Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), as well as to Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Festival, Bleach Festival (Gold Coast) and throughout remote Northern Territory communities.

Branch Nebula’s High Performance Packing Tape was commissioned by Performance Space for Liveworks 2018, and since toured to Homo Novus Festival (Riga, Latvia), Arts House with Melbourne Festival, and Sydney Opera House.

Branch Nebula’s DEMO was commissioned by City of Sydney’s Art and About 2019. Their Snake Sessions, commissioned by Bundanon Trust, has toured 14 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.

Other highlights include post’s Oedipus Schmoedipus bilingual presentation in Santiago Chile (2017), and adaptation into Cantonese with Hong Kong Repertory Theatre & West Kowloon for the Hong Kong International Black Box Festival (2018). post’s Ich Nibber Dibber was commissioned & produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre with Intimate Spectacle ( Sydney Festival 2017), before returning to Sydney Opera House and touring to Malthouse in Melbourne in 2018.

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

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.

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, and toured it to Perth Festival, Festival of Live Art Melbourne, before seasons in Europe and North America, toured by Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

Erth’s Murder was commissioned through the Major Festivals Initiative by Sydney, Adelaide and Ten Days on the Island Festivals, 2013.

In 2014 we toured Team MESS’s interactive residency project Bingo Unit to Performance Space  at Carriageworks, and to Country Arts SA venues in Renmark and Mt Gambier. Lenine Bourke’s The Walking Neighbourhood, a live art project featuring guided tours of neighbourhoods by children under 12, we presented in Redfern and Kings Cross with Art & About, and in Kuopio Finland with ANTI Festival.

We’ve also commissioned, produced and presented two series of short works events, Out of Iso (2020), with four programs over four weekends at our home base, 107, curated by Nick Power, Latai Taumoepeau, PACT and Branch Nebula; and Near and Now (2017), curated by Moogahlin Performing Arts, Martin del Amo, post and Theatre Kantanka.

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.