Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters co-founded Branch Nebula in 1998, and have been co-creators on all the company’s works to date.
Our outlook as artists is fed by a ravenous appreciation of lowbrow culture; like mixed martial arts, wrestling, speedway, zine fairs, BMX and skate competitions, peep shows and shopping at the local mall. These aspects of cultural life are what we experience and share with our audience, because it’s what we know.
Our aesthetic draws its dynamism from its passionate engagement with street culture – and its intelligence from a discriminating awareness of movements in the contemporary arts. Refined art-making is everywhere, if you know how to look, and we champion the exquisite skills of the skater as we do the fluid movement of the contemporary dancer, and we build our work with both.
Branch Nebula is one of Australia’s most adventurous performance companies working at the nexus between theatre, dance, sport & street-styles. They work with non-conventional performers to collaboratively devise work that defies categorization.
In 2016 the Helpmann Award winning Snake Sessions premiered in Nowra in regional NSW, and toured to Artlands Regional Arts Australia Conference & Festival in Dubbo. Snake Sessions had a six city regional tour in 2017, in skateparks presented by Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Performance Art Development Agency in Adelaide, Whyalla & Mt Gambier presented by Country Arts SA, Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool, and Bleach Festival, Gold Coast.
In 2016 Branch Nebula curated Swarm for Campbelltown Art Centre’s live art program, and developed a large-scale event Foodfight: The Battle for Food Security with artist Diego Bonetto for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Liverpool City Council.
In 2015 the company premiered Artwork, commissioned by Carriageworks, working with unrehearsed non-performers who first meet the company an hour before going on stage.
Concrete And Bone Sessions was commissioned by Sydney Festival 2013, and toured to the Santiago A Mil festival in Chile in 2014.
The Helpmann and Green Room Award winning Whelping Box premiered at Performance Space’s SEXES festival at Carriageworks in 2012, toured to Arts House in Melbourne in 2013, and Brisbane 2014.
In 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 2014.