Institute of Complex Entertainment (1999-2003)
Susie Dee was the Artistic Director of the Institute of Complex Entertainment (ICE), a collection of professional artists from across a range of disciplines creating large-scale theatrical projects outside traditional venues that challenged audiences in both form and content. ICE was big, bold, imaginative and innovative
Director: Susie Dee
Writer: Wayne Macauley
Designer: Ian Bracegirdle
Musician: Michael Havir
Video: Chris Harris
Lighting Designer: Nathan Thompson
Associate Artists: David Murphy, David Joseph, Anna Tregloan
& Jane Mullet
TOWER OF LIGHT
“gigantic… sophisticated… brilliant and satisfying. Festival shows are meant to be challenging and extreme and Tower of Light is a rare extravagance.”
Created by ICE, produced by Melbourne Workers Theatre, performed at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for the 1999 Melbourne International Festival. Played in a broad burlesque style this massive show explored contemporary gambling and greed and involved over seventy people: three community choirs, two community brass bands, community theatre groups including Vietnamese Youth Theatre, Recharge Theatre for people with disabilities, Blackhole Theatre with their giant puppets, Big Issue sellers, a full rock band, and more...
1999 Green Room Award: Innovation/New Form
THE TERATOLOGY PROJECT
“a site-specific performance that works brilliantly.”
Created and Produced by ICE, performed at the disused PANCH hospital, Preston.
Nominated for two 2002 Green Room Awards
On vacant urban land beside the Maribyrnong River, a sprawling shanty town suddenly appeared. Over the course of three days, thousands of road and rail commuters would see the camp and its inhabitants going about their daily business. Then, at designated times of the day, the general public were allowed to visit and see camp life close-up...
Transit Camp (2003) was both a performance-installation and political event.