Wolfe Bowart

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Biography

Luminous physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart presents original works that engage cross-cultural and multi-generational audiences in theatrical experiences that evoke thought, wonder and laughter.  Bowart is a two-time Australian Helpmann Award® nominee – in 2010, his production Letter’s End was nominated in the category of Best Touring Production, and in 2012 The Man the Sea Saw was nominated in the category of Best Visual/Physical Theatre Production.

Grandson of an Abstract Expressionist and son of a writer, Wolfe Bowart was encouraged to pursue his passion for the absurd.  He studied circus arts from age 9 and began performing in his teens.  Gaining his classical training at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, the specialist visual and performing arts university, Bowart furthered his studies with mentors as diverse as performance artist Rachel Rosenthal and members of Cirque du Soleil.

Following his commissioned works for the Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum, the California Youth Theatre, Minneapolis’s Intermedia Arts and the Los Angeles Playwrights Project among others, Bowart founded his company SpoonTree Productions.  Since the company’s inception, Bowart has created The Shneedles, LaLaLuna, Letter’s End and The Man the Sea Saw. These productions have been invited to tour to fourteen countries around the world.  Both LaLaLuna and Letter’s End have been selected to be part of the London International Mime Festival, the leading festival for contemporary visual theatre, and are two of just three original works of Australian theatre invited to join the Festival’s lineup in the past 15 years.  In Australia, SpoonTree has been recognized by the Australia Council for the Arts and awarded grants to facilitate national tours of LaLaLuna (2007), Letter’s End (2009) and The Man the Sea Saw (2011).

Bowart is the 2013 recipient of the Creative Development Fellowship, awarded by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts.

Reviews

“The sheer amount of invention is staggering. Bowart, like a one-man circus, is unfailingly charming, clever and adroit.”

Robert Jarman

The Mercury

“An enchantingly loony dreamscape … Wolfe Bowart specialises in a magic realism. ”

The Australian

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