Kristian is a Brisbane-based performance artist specialising in the forms of Theatre, Dance, and Circus with a strong curiosity for experimental and hybrid work. His collaborative nature and holistic training style yields collage-like performances that are heavily influenced by the utilization of diverse modes of expressions: live projection, community interaction / sustainability, large-scale spectacle, installation, and cinematography. Kristian’s experience extends across direction and production, creative consultancy, choreography, dramaturgy, film, and workshop facilitation. His performance practice is currently centered around the research topics of liminality, inter-relational reflexivity and metamorphosis, which he has recently traveled to Japan to research.
Kristian is a strong believer that the role of art is to heal and serve the community and its collective consciousness.
Kristian's festival work includes; Commonwealth Games, Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Falls Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival, Bleach Festival, Woodford Folk & Planting, Oktoberfest, Townsville Cultural, Melbourne Village, St Kilda Festival, Supercell Dance Festival.
Kristian's notable collaborations include: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Double Edge Theatre Company (US), Dr. Stacy Klein (US), Dr. Sean F. Edgecomb (US), Dr. Stephen Carleton, Lucy Guerin Inc, Prue Lang (GER), Polytoxic Dance Theatre Company, Shock Therapy Productions, Brisbane Festival, Alex Podger, Jo Lloyd, Benjamin Hancock, David Burton, Steven Mitchell Wright, Ian Pidd, Everybody Now!, All the Queen’s Men (Melbourne), Tom Pritchard (UK), Gregory Lorenzutti (BR), Nerida Matthaei, Sandi Woo, Leah Shelton, Guy Webster, Kate Usher, Kat Murphy, and Brendan Cooney, among others.
Kristian has done 45 different jobs in 2017 alone and his ability to manage time and energy, while meeting the demands of complex negotiations, creative and logistical flexibility and endurance, and also providing high-quality results, has stood the test of time since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2013. Kristian has been in Matilda-winning work, and his work has taken him around Australia and Japan. Kristian has a strong research foundation that is heavily connected to literature, history and the performative arts that are paramount in all of his works and workshops.
For the past two years, Kristian has been appointed the Performance Director for the Opening Ceremony and Assistant Performance Director for the Closing Ceremony for the Woodford Folk Festival. Kristian is the youngest to take this role by eight years and choreographs and directs over 50 volunteers over two weeks on a large-scale, one hour spectacle that includes fire, pyrotechnics, stunt work, commercial and industrial vehicles, mechatronics, and large-scale puppets in front of 22,000 people. Kristian’s age will never limit the scope and ambition he seeks. Kristian also works in a range of capacities to provide positive artistic experiences to diverse and minority communities. Kristian works for Songroom, a federal government funded, artist-run initiative that places teaching artists like Kristian in schools, offering specialised programs that the school may not otherwise be able to access due to socio-economic disadvantages. Kristian also teaches workshop programs to Bust a Move and InsideOutside Theatre Company, which are companies that work with youth and adults who identify as having a mental or physical disability or difference. Kristian also has been the movement advisor and workshop coordinator for Remembering Palestine, an AusCo-funded verbatim play about four migrant and refugee Palestinian women. Additionally, Kristian does roving performances at Queensland Museum and Lady Cilento Hospital, has taught dancing in Regional Queensland (North Queensland, Toowoomba, Blackall, Winton and more), and does fly-in, fly-out work in North Queensland to run poetry and theatre workshops. Kristian continues to provide experiences far and wide to all different people and he believes art is always to be shared.
He has created his own format of training pedagogy entitled “Dance-Theatre Laboratory”, which he has taught across Australia. Kristian has taught Drama, Dance, Visual Art, English, and Poetry workshops across Australia for six years and counting, specialising in devising new methods for contemporary curriculum. Kristian has extensive experience in consulting and teaching Theatre History, Art History, English and Poetic Literature, and Dance Theory at high school and professional levels nationally and internationally.
Shakespeare: Comedy, Tragedy, Text Analysis
Career networking: How to make an impression and stay there
Auditions: How to stand out in the crowd and land that job
International ventures: When, how, who, how much, why
Dance: Hip-hop, Contemporary, Swing, Rock and Roll, Freestyle, Urban Contemporary
Theatre: Physical Theatre, Grotowski, Butoh, Suzuki, Absurdism, Jacobean, Greek, Brecht, Realism, Naturalism, Post-modern, Clown
Sustainability: How to do five different jobs a week and survive off what you love to do
It’s hard to find performers who are as cleanly responsive and fearless as Kristian. Agile in body, mind and spirit, Kristian is the type of performer we need to see more.
David Burton, 2017David Burton, 2017Kristian Santic
Kristian Santic is the man you need in any creative fix: hugely talented, possessing unlimited curiosity and a ferocious work ethic, and (good lord) he’s just lovely to have in the rehearsal room and theatre. He’s quick too. You’ll want to work with him again and again.
Ian Pidd, 2017Ian Pidd, 2017Kristian Santic
Kristian is a fearless mover. Watching or photographing him you can experience his unpredictable shifts and nuances through the lenses – a gypsy mover. A performer to keep your eyes on.
Gregory Lorenzutti, 2017Gregory Lorenzutti, 2017Kristian Santic
What strikes me about Kristian is his intensity of focus to dig into the unknown spaces of his creative endeavours. Not merely satisfied with instigating an innovative approach, he seems determined to deconstruct, rebuild and then search for a new vantage point on each aspect. Fantastically, he does this deep work through light heartedness, humour, and enthusiasm.
Tom Pritchard, 2017Tom Pritchard, 2017Kristian Santic