From South America to local indigenous stories with Bio Drama Dharma Intensive Workshops

MARACCAS’ exciting new Bio Drama Dharma Intensive workshops and performances as part of Anywhere Fest (5th-21st May) is fast approaching – and we are accepting participant registrations and ticket sales. Visit www.maraccas.org for more information and bookings.  Media release, contact details and hi res imagery at THIS LINK. Working with Lyndon Davies and the local […]

MARACCAS’ exciting new Bio Drama Dharma Intensive workshops and performances as part of Anywhere Fest (5th-21st May) is fast approaching – and we are accepting participant registrations and ticket sales. Visit www.maraccas.org for more information and bookings. 

Media release, contact details and hi res imagery at THIS LINK.

Working with Lyndon Davies and the local Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi) mob to develop the play’ script inspired by the traditional song lines and stories of the Sunshine Coast area. Presented at the Old Ambulance Station’s Black Box Theatre in Nambour, the work is an investigation of Ancient Memory and Origin Myths in the innovative contemporary form of theatre called Bio Drama – Bio Dharma.

As an interesting cross-cultural exchange generated from MARACCAS’ recent collaborative theatre work in South America. The Bio Drama style is inspired by the indigenous cultures of Colombia and the Amazon – pioneered by renowned artist Beatriz Camargo;

“The style is the first approach to the vision that integrates through the performing arts, all arts and knowledge with nature. The focus is to find again the balance between human beings and the planet. This theatre leads practitioners and audiences to ancient mythologies which connect body, soul, voice, territory, dramaturgy, staging and performance. It establishes a creative relationship between contemporary art and ancient roots.” 

As participants integrate and weave together their own dreaming stories, the play will become a fantastic celebration of diversity and interconnectedness. With a number of specialty workshops facilitated by MARACCAS (Bio Drama), Kinetic Collective (Dance & Movement) Lynne Bradley Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (Butoh), indigenous artist Ruth Ghee (Voice Coaching), Playing with Possibilities (Visual Arts Expression), Lynda Black (Yogic Laughter), and Ella Shewring (Yoga & Meditation).

We are offering 1, 2, 3 or 5 day workshop bundles or people can enrol in the full 17 Day program as a professional development experience to become immersed into this dreaming world of archetypes, symbols and sacred ritual. Registrations close 15th April.

MARACCAS Ngo is an emerging Social Enterprise and International Community Arts NGO based in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast – Running annual South American theatre and arts exchange programs as well as other productions in Australia. Their next cultural-exchange is happening in July during the annual international Bio Drama School in Colombia.

This is the very first Bio Drama program ever in Australia and it’s happening on the Sunshine Coast! …Very exciting! We would like to extend our invitation to the local Sunshine Coast and Brisbane Communities (young and emerging artists, established artists, multicultural and indigenous communities, environmentalists, theatre enthusiasts, etc.) to come and participate or see the Shows!

Sunshine Coast Regional Council via their Regional Arts Development Fund has allocated $6000 to support the program, and a Crowdfunding campaign at http://pozi.be/biodrama?ra=201430 has also been set up to help cover production costs. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

To find out more please contact MARACCAS: admin@