Projects

Chamber Made Opera presents the world premiere of Between 8 and 9 (Chengdu Teahouse Project) 八和九之間 (成都茶館項目) – a 70 minute sound installation created by Australian and Chinese artists featuring traditional instrumentation, new composition, electronics, sculptural design and vocal performance.

Intertwining ancient Chinese musical theory with ancient European spatial thinking, Between 8 and 9 is between Chengdu and Melbourne; between audience and artists; between a meeting room and a restaurant; and between music, sonic design, live art and performance.

As the audience, you are seated at one of eight roundtables with ‘Lazy Susans’ (餐桌轉盤 – cānzhuō zhuànpán). A voice calls from across the room. The table in front of you hums. A searing sound fills the room. A murmur of syllables flickers across the space. You turn to the sound. The sound turns to you. A sculptural musical score forms and re-forms at eight round tables, right before your ears and eyes. You are invited into a situation of choice, an oscillation, a rotation. What is the state of between 8 and 9?

The creation of Between 8 and 9 has evolved from a thematic exploration of teahouse culture into a reflexive meditation on the meeting of cultures, generations, languages and artistic practices.

Role: Lighting Programmer, Re-Lighting

Set beneath the powerful limbs of a grand willow tree beside a lake, mesmerising dancer Janette Hoe, with her trademark Butoh-inspired, improvised movement responds to object, element and voice.

Challenging our collective perceptions of the Chinese in the Victorian Goldfields region, UNDER A WILLOW – a long way from China reveals the story of a contemporary Chinese elder and the surprising soundtrack to her life; where Butoh meets ABBA and Mozart.

Having established quite a reputation for surprising, entrancing work in unusual places, Rebecca H Russell and Ken Evans yet again ignite a unique location, the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens with UNDER A WILLOW – a long way from China.

Role: Lighting Programmer, Lighting Technician

An exhibition drawn from the fashion collection of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) featuring many never before seen costumes. Be transported to a world of 1920s and 30s glamour where stars, sophistication and city lights influenced the fashion worn by the well-dressed.

Role: Lighting Design & Implimentation

Power, sex and violence; David Williamson’s AWGIE winning play THE REMOVALISTS is an investigation into the ugliness that lies within. Williamson’s play tackles issues relevant in today’s climate of police violence, domestic violence and our search to discover our own cultural identity. THE REMOVALISTS digs at the heart strings of our human relationship with violence as we go on a journey to reveal “the beast within”.

The Removalists was presented by Bakers Dozen Theatre Company in 2016.

Role: Lighting Designer

A small Australian town, the unexpected death of a boy. The arrival of a stranger… Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are country teenagers looking for a release from their stagnant, isolated lives. They drinks and play, sun baking under the hot Australian sun until the death of a friend forces them to confront questions of loss, faith, friendship and redemption. Samson crackles with an underlife of emotion that the teens struggle to understand, as their dreams and their nightmares become harder to distriguish. At the heart of the play however, is the idea of rebirth amongst the flames…

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: 
JakeJobling.com

Something strange is happening in the country town of Hollow—a mysterious syndrome that seems to strike only the young. The town is quarantined, schools are closed and fences go up. Guards patrol new enforced borders, but amongst the townsfolk denial runs deep. Part science-fiction, part satire, Falling Petals is a darkly humorous fable about the consequences of a culture of disposable youth and it also blasts the urban/rural fissure open.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: 
JakeJobling.com

Based on the German play by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening has evolved into an infamous rock musical, with music by Steven Sater, along with book and lyrics by Duncan Sheirk.

Controversial and boundary pushing, the musical which once was banned in Germany was brought to the stage by VCA’s final year musical theatre and production students.

It is Spring, 1891, in Germany, as we are introduced to our protagonists; charismatic Melchior, naïve Wendla, and their circle of friends. The group of German teenagers are on the cusp of Adulthood. The musical follows them as they discover themselves, each other and experience their own sexual awakenings. The results of which clash with the strict social attitudes of turn-of-the-century Germany.

This ground-breaking performance is as emotional as it is poignant.

Since its off-Broadway debut in 2006, Spring Awakening has been performed the world over, including highly successful Broadway and West End seasons. It has won numerous Tony and Oliver Awards.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: 
JakeJobling.com

The VCA presents dance ON: a season of new and extant works by Melbourne-based choreographers Nat Cursio, Ben Hancock and student choreographers Siobhan McKenna and Olivia McPherson.

Presented by second and third year dance students and production students.

Choreographers:

Nat Cursio: Nat Cursio works with dance and the body, creating choreographies and curating programs under the umbrella Nat Cursio Co.

Ben Hancock: A Melbourne based dancer and choreographer who has performed and choreographed with Chunky Move. He is a founding member of 2ndToe and a graduate of the VCA.

Siobhan McKenna: Third year, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Olivia McPherson: Third year, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Lighting Team:
Lighting Design: Alex Blackwell & Ounie Aitkin
Head Electrician: Jake Jobling
Programmer: Jacob Sheers

CRUSH looks at the way we occupy and negotiate space and the chaotic systems inherent in trying to fit together. Separated into two distinct halves, we first witness the beauty of patterns, unison and the satisfaction of geometric clarity. We then witness the throng of the mass, the fracturing of bodies put under pressure, the wildness of humanity.

CRUSH is not pure in it’s division. Elements of both sections intertwine, disrupting each other, creating order in the chaos.

Role: Crew Cheif
Link: MichelleThorne.lighting

This is our world, in all of its beauty, in all of its chaos.
A compilation of 2015, the year of the sheep.

Role: Film Editor
Link: JakeJobling.com

EVERYTHING HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE JUST NOT BY US starts out as a gallery-style dance history solo research project and transforms into a dance history group mash up of aesthetics, ideas, form, functions and performativities. Every step, structure, sound and shape you see is a reference, citation, quote, version, homage, interpretation of something that has existed previously in another time and place. Dance transmits and transforms via imitative, interpretive and experienced behaviours, in EVERYTHING HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE JUST NOT BY US we’re explicitly examining and embodying this tradition.

You can view the program here.

The piece was choreographed by Becky Hilton and performed by graduating dancers from the Victorian College of the Arts, 2015.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

A revered Broadway director, who falls on hard times, leads an ambitious musical as a final production before his retirement with hilarious consequences.

The season was performed at the Victorian College of the Arts by 3rd and 2nd Year MT Students and Production Students. The season was a huge success and ran for 11 performances and was sold out before opening night meaning almost 1,500 people were able to see the show.

Creative Team
Director: Gary Young
Musical Director: Luke Hunter
Choreographer: Kirsten King

The lighting rig consisted of 100 fixtures (12 moving head, 16 LEDs & 70 conventionals), being powered by two PRG v476 consoles (one primary & one backup), across four universes of ArtNet. Alongside the rig was 85m of LED strip built into the set, being individually controlled by 49 LED driver channels, drawing over 90 Amps of power.

Role: Head Electrician
Link: JakeJobling.com

Encompassed is an interactive installation, which asks for people to leave apart of themselves behind. Create something quick, or create something slow and leave it in the room for others to see. Allow people to build on this and see what is possible.

The installation allows for a user to come up to a plinth and apply different pressures to a pad, which in turn will be shown in front of their eyes as an intensity of a light bulb. Each user will be given 7 seconds of freedom to do whatever they want to the plinth. Once this time is up the light bulb is do exactly as they did to the sensor (their ‘action’), on loop. Once recording is finished, a holding state will be activated for 15 seconds before the next user can come up and do the same again. This time however it will be displayed on a different light bulb.

Eventually you will have a bright randomly flashing room of lots of people’s actions. Once the last light bulb has been used, the next person will take over the first persons bulb and the cycle will continue.

Role: Installation Artist

An unsuspecting innocent arrives at the local club for her birthday celebrations. She soon becomes entangled in a world where everything is not as it seems and uncovering the truth doesn’t always result in the best outcome…

Part of the Victorian College of the Arts New Short Works season for Music Theatre.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

On tonight’s episode of “Our House”, Steph tackles her newest “save the world” campaign with little help from the Olympic addicted Kasey. Meanwhile, what is happening behind closed doors between Bridget and Phil? And will the gang be torn apart forever?

Part of the Victorian College of the Arts New Short Works season for Music Theatre.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

Offering style, comfort and discreet toe tapping service, in one of the city’s most elusive locations. Our guests enjoy themselves and each other, and though at times there can be misunderstandings, our concierge team will be there to fulfil your every need – sometimes before you’ve even thought of it.

Part of the Victorian College of the Arts New Short Works season for Music Theatre.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”  Lao Tzu
Where have we been and where are we going?

Part of the Victorian College of the Arts New Short Works season for Music Theatre.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

A cross-media exploration of what it means to communicate in this technological age. Can electronic communication be a substitute for human connection?

Part of the Victorian College of the Arts New Short Works season for Music Theatre.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com

One of two classic Australian plays presented by Company 2015 and designed by Master of Design for Performance and undergraduate production students.

Adapted by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo from the novel by Tim Winton

Directed by Julián Fuentes Reta A sprawling stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel, Cloudstreet follows the fluctuating fortunes of two families who inhabit a rambling old house in Perth.

ACT 1 (70”)
In Act One we see the two families, the Lambs and the Pickles, face the terrible consequences caused by two accidents which cause them to come together to live at 1 Cloud Street, Perth, Western Australia. The children and the young parents struggle not only with the heritage of the house itself, but also with themselves and all their inner contradictions and hopes and in doing so, for good and bad, they plant a seed in the land that will grow and evolve into something else.

ACT 2 (70”)
In Act Two, that seed has firmly taken root.
The household has changed, parents and children have aged and grown almost unrecognisable. Only Quick remains the same. The passing of time is reflected by
re-casting the character’s leaving Quick played by the same actor. Memories of the past come to haunt both families until amends are made and decisions taken. A
final reunion will come, life flows on and the story while not over, becomes a true celebration of all their lives.

Role: Lighting Programmer
Link: JakeJobling.com

This is our world, in all of its beauty, in all of its chaos.
A compilation of 2014, the year of the horse.

Video By: Jake Jobling & Tim Wilson
Music: Dan Phillipson & Nicolas Major

Role: Film Editor
Link: JakeJobling.com

Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical comedy musical from 2001, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Threepenny Opera, The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form.

Role: Head Electrician
Link: JakeJobling.com

Li’l Abner is a musical with a book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Based on the comic strip Li’l Abner by Al Capp, the show is, on the surface, a broad spoof of hillbillies, but it is also a pointed satire on other topics, ranging from American politics and incompetence in the United States federal government to propriety and gender roles.

The show was staged by the Victorian College of the Arts in September 2014, by the 2014 musical theatre company and undergraduate production students.

Role: Lighting Programmer
Link: JakeJobling.com

Earlier in the year I decided to go out driving with a friend and wander around a tonne of beaches and take some shots. I decided to put it all together in this little video to see what it was all like. I’m defiantly not a video person, but I still had fun making this.

Role: Cinematographer & Editor
Link: JakeJobling.com

28 Songs Later is Brighton Secondary College’s epic zombie musical written by the genius minds of Declan Vadasz, Dylan Murphy and Ryan Jewell.

’28 Songs Later’ follows a band of survivors as they attempt to; not only survive in a world devastated by singing, murderous zombies but also to find a way to stop this terrible plague once and for all.
Featuring an ensemble cast including: Christian Rhodes-Wolfe, Michelle Burstin, Michelle Gerster, Douglas Rintoul, AIlie Bellofoire, Fraser Somerville, Austin Khouri, George Coburn and Diana Grinberg.

For this production I was tasked as the designer, head electrician and board operator in a venue with no equipment. Everything that was used was hired in including all patching, cabling, rigging, etc.

Role: Lighting Designer
Link: JakeJobling.com