I Am Carisma

Producer: jonathanhomsey.com
Writer: Jonathan Homsey
Directed By: Jonathan Homsey

An interactive anti-tradegy


An ever changing story about resilience, female empowerment and freedom, I Am Carisma is an anti-tragedy choreographed by Green Room award winning choreographer and curator Jonathan Homsey. An ode to a loved one, this performance is inspired by the passing of Jonathan’s close friend, Carisma – a fellow community member and dancer in the naughties.

Through the art of dance freestyle and improvisation, waackers MaggZ and Marnie Newton and locker Kerrtu Luik will take street dance vocabulary and flip it on its head through complex tasks inspired by contemporary dance. The dance trio will receive musical, emotional and anatomical instructions in an earpiece, allowing a symphony of limbs to emerge as they lock, waack, gyrate and celebrate their bodies.

Thanks to a word game, projection and teleprompters, every performance will have a playful life of its own. Prior to the performance, audience members will submit questions through an online form. Ten attendees will then take turns onstage whispering a story about Carisma the audience has written together.

I Am Carisma celebrates the magic of coincidence, for the dancers and the audience in real-time. It spotlights the messiness of growing up; embraces the accidental and finds inspiration from the banal episodes of life.The possibility of success and failure in this task is what makes I Am Carisma special. Life is messy; it can succeed or fail. Choreographed failure can be beautiful to watch, for it is the failure and successes that make life what it is.


Marketing Material and Technical Information – password: Carisma.

Short Reviews

“A thought-provoking, stirring performance with so much to say about what it is to be human, yet also so much to invite and encourage.” – Leila Lois


Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 6 hrs
Bump-out Time: 4 hrs
Interval: No


Three lighting spots as seen in the production video. Sections of the work are episodic and have clear blunt transitions between each section.


Via QLab, an audio mix is played in inner ear pieces with the dancers. The audience does not hear this mix. This audio is in sync with the teleprompter text through an mp4 file. Each episode in work is a separate mp4 file with the corresponding audio for the dancers connected to it.


500cm risers for two trestle tables for the asmr stand. Please see production video.

Crew Notes

Front of house must support the volunteers who opt in to do the ASMR. It is best to get the volunteers within the ticketing form which has proved successful the original work.

Transport Notes

See previous budget note post. If production equipment is in-house cast can travel by plane with checked luggage for the props and costumes.

Audience & Marketing Notes

This work appeals to pop culture consumers ages 8+. I Am Carisma addresses the community\’s need for representation on stage and within institutions for Asian-Australian and migrant performances. This project\’s artistic elements meet local needs to create safe spaces for these diverse communities while providing entertainment that is accessible and understandable to the public through its elements of ASMR, street dance and shared poetry.

Selling Points

  • Interactive - through the word game and the volunteers that get to ge Carisma, this work is truly interactive
  • Family friendly - Relaxed performances for families with small children. Show is suggested for ages 8+
  • Eye opening - This work is light hearted all while tackling ideas of death head on. This work is intended to be in sync with the Year 8 state cirriculum on death and funeral rights.

Community Engagement

  • MARKETING MATERIAL PASSWORD - (password carisma), Dance workshops via the word game - street dance and improvisation workshops led by Homsey and the dancers, specialties in locking and waacking.








Venue Format

Black Box or Proscenium Arch


75 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $2400

Weekly Sell Off: $6000

Per Performance: $1600

Royalties: 0%
Apra Obligations: 0

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