Kayah and Maitreyah Guenther are recipients of funding and support from our first Creative Development Program. The siblings applied for funding to support first stage of development of Siblingo which is supported by The Farm and writer, Suzie Miller.
Their project will explore the relationship between Kayah, a dancer with Downs Syndrome, and his able-bodied sister Maitreyah.
Kayah told us the themes they explore in Siblingo will include life, struggle, acceptance, exclusion, temper and being there for each other.
‘The Creative Development Program offers the support creatives needs through finances, and access to others who are needed to make a project happen,’ said Kayah.
The siblings are enjoying working with experienced writer Suzie Miller.
‘It’s very exciting to be working with Suzie Miller and we feel she will add heartfelt details and guide us into delving deeper with the spoken and unspoken word,’ said Kayah.
Currently in residency at HOTA, Kayah and Maitreyah are developing the work which will result in an industry showing in early August with a view to gaining exposure, feedback and to identify possible future outcomes for this work.
‘The Industry showing will give us an opportunity to share what we have to offer and hopefully keep connections and make new connections which will help this go to stage two,’ said Kayah.
We can’t wait to see this new work from this talented duo.
This project has been supported by HOTA Home of Arts and City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program.
About Kayah Guenther
Kayah is a prolific artist, who is working on several projects interstate this year – he’s in hot demand by some of the best contemporary dance companies in the country.
You can read more on Kayah and his work on his website kayahguenther.com
Image credit: Jorge Sierra