Animalia Video

Posted: October 15, 2011 in Updates

So excited to share the video my good friends, The Voltaire Twins, created with an amazing film crew here in Perth, WA!  I was very honored to work as Movement Director for the “bird” section of the video.  The entire crew, direction team and dancers were a pleasure to work with, hope you enjoy the video!

If you like what you hear, visit the Voltaire Twins website to stream Animalia as well as their new single Romulus live on the internet.  You can also check out their upcoming tour dates!  They are fantastic in concert so I suggest checking them out live!

Working with Rock Stars

Posted: July 26, 2011 in Happenings, Updates

Voltaire Twins music video, photo by Jarrad Seng at

It’s been an exciting few weeks!  I was lucky enough to be asked to work as the Movement Director/Choreographer for my good friends The Voltaire Twins for the music video for their newest single, Animalia.  The video was directed by Ben Young and his concept for the direction was very inventive and left so much room for creative movement possibilities!

I met the dancers for our rehearsal the week before the shoot and couldn’t have been happier with the level of professionalism and skill, not to mention how lovely they all were to get along with!  We had a great rehearsal session and got everything accomplished that we needed for the shoot!

The shoot was amazing, when the dancers got into the fantastic costumes, designed by Emma Vickery they transformed into dark, aggressive but beautiful birds!  Despite the wet weather, we persevered and from the playback I saw on the night, there will be so much great footage to use for the final video.

I felt very privileged to be part of the process of making a music video of this caliber, this is going to be a huge project to come out of Western Australia.

The launch of the Animalia Single and Music Video will be held on 20th August at Amplifier Bar in Perth, WA. More details of this can be found on the facebook event page.

I can’t wait to share the final video with you all, watch this space!

To view more photos by Jarrad Seng taken during the music video shoot please check out his facebook page.

Check out this great video from one of my AWESOME@The Glades projects!  Thanks so much to Sete Tele for his great work on the project and to Jarrad Seng for putting together a great video to share the outcomes with everyone!

Click Here to Watch!

Fantastic piece of theatre…

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts

One of the perks of working for an AWESOME arts festival is the opportunity to experience a variety of interesting and engaging shows and installations!  This past Saturday night was definitely a perk as I got a chance to watch, Crocosmia a lively theatre production by Little Bulb Theatre, here from the UK.  I started by workday Saturday by doing a meet & greet with these performers and finished the evening by watching their performance and I was blown away!  Not only were they lovely people but they are a fantastic ensemble as well.  I full heartedly recommend you head to this show, you won’t be disappointed!

3 festival days down and 6 to go…

A taste of things to come…

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Happenings

What can I say, I’m an AWESOME girl and therefore I can’t wait to share the 2010 AWESOME Program with the world!  Check out this fantastic Festival Reel for a taste of what’s to come…you’ll recognize the music as the single, D.I.L, from my good friends, The Voltaire Twins!

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things boasts an awe-inspiring line up for 2010, showcasing amazing artists from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA, Australia and of course, the best from the West.

The 2010 AWESOME Festival is on in the Perth CBD from 19 – 28 November and is a must see-do-experience event! Many events are free and are suitable for the young and the young at heart!  For more information on the full program visit or call (08) 9485 0560.

School Holidays in Wickham!

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Updates

2010 AWESOME Arts Creative Challenge “HOME GROUND” Residency in Wickham!

Photo by Max Kordyl courtesy of AWESOME Arts


I just returned from Wickham, another two weeks in the Pilbara and I can’t believe how well I know the area now after spending a month there over the last 8 weeks!  On this Creative Challenge Residency I was working with textile artist, Bronwyn Constance.  We had a fantastic and fun school holidays doing all sorts of arts activities.  We wanted to keep the workshops from feeling like school and I think we were successful!  However unwittingly the kids ended up learning all sorts of interesting things including how to use leaves to create natural dye for fabrics, how to mix amazing new shades of colour and even how to work as a team to use bodies to create structure like shapes!


Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts


On our third day of workshops the kids took us on a walk around Wickham, which is located up in the Pilbara, about 45 min inland from Karratha.  We were introduced to the oval, school, pool and even the skate park!  We gathered interesting things along the way including leaves, sticks, flowers and seeds.  We used these materials to make all sorts of things including small structures, natural dye and even printing tools.  We loved that all the kids’ work was made from things from their “Home Ground” as this was the theme for the project.  On the last day we had a fantastic celebration with parents and community members celebrating the work of these amazing kids!


Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts



Check out more photos from the residency here and check out for more details on the Creative Challenge project!

Another AWESOME Residency

Posted: September 19, 2010 in Updates

Had a fantastic Creative Challenge experience working on the HOME GROUND project!  I spent two weeks up in Karratha in July doing a residency at Roebourne District High School working in collaboration with artist, Amber Onat Gregory.  We worked with the high school students as well as the Year 4 class over at the Primary School.  I was truly inspired by the experience and still miss the new friends that I made along the way…

Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts

While exploring the concepts of “homes” and “dwellings” the kids came up with fantastic “dream home” ideas and not only created structures but also objects such as a generator, a pool table and even a desktop computer complete with usb plugs!  We also had fun doing a bit of body painting, with the Year 4s we used the paint to create a banner for our “house” and with the high school students we took the painting even further, exploring the culture of the kids.

Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts

On Celebration Day we welcomed the students from the Karratha Creative Challenge with a sausage sizzle and then shared the High School Exhibition and also got a chance to see some of their performance scenes.  The Karratha kids were also special guests at the Year 4s celebration installation and everyone had a great time sharing their works.  Overall it was a great residency and we were truly grateful for having such a supportive school to work with during our residency.

Till next time…

Photo courtesy of AWESOME Arts

Check out the article on the Roebourne and Karratha Residencies in the Pilbra Echo here.

Next adventure, heading to Wickham for a school holidays HOME GROUND Creative Challenge on September 27th, stay tuned!


Posted: September 7, 2010 in Happenings

Our last concert in the 2010 PEET Young Artist Concert Series is approaching very soon!  If you love Opera, you won’t be disappointed with the classic arias, duets and scenes we have in store in this concert.  If you have never listened to Opera, this is a perfect introduction with lots of beautiful melodies and interesting story lines to keep you entertained!

Photo from PEET Concert Series 2010 Banner -

The talented young singers for the evening include soprano Jennifer Barrington, mezzo sopranos Ileana Rinaldi and Louise Fenbury as well as baritones Sitiveni Talei, Christopher Lewis and tenor Matthew Ward.  Piano accompanist for the evening will be the fantastic, Tommaso Pollio.  I am very excited that we will have Simon Kenway across as guest Music Director for the concert, Simon and I last worked together on The Elixir of Love, for Opera in the Park 2009!  I’m looking forward to be directing the show and hope that anyone in the Perth area that is free will come join us at the beautiful Government House Ballroom for the evening.
Friday 17 September, 2010 at 7.30pm
Government House Ballroom
Virtuosic writing for the voice will be on show tonight in arias, scenes and ensembles that will shatter the crystal.
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New Website Launch!

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Updates

Welcome to the new design of my website,  I decided to kick things off by creating a few posts about the exciting projects I’ve been involved in during the last year.  My hope is that with this new design I’ll be able to keep you updated much more easily about future projects.

Please leave comments as I look forward to sharing with you and receiving your feedback, can’t wait to read what you have to say!

All the best,

Amanda Barrett Hayes

p.s. to leave comments simply click on the specific post you wish to comment on to access that post’s comment box.

Opera in the Park: The Mikado

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Updates

In March 2010 I tackled another production of Opera in the Park with the WA Opera Company.  As one of the largest yearly free events in Perth, it’s always an exciting night under the stars!  This year I directed a semi-staged production of The Mikado, a Gilbert & Sullivan classic, to the delight of a music loving crowd.

The cast included a number of young artists from the company as well as a few seasoned professionals and the WASO orchestra was conducted by David Wickham.  Crowd favourites such as “Three Little Maids from School” and “Here’s a how-de-do” were highlights of the evening.

The event took place in Supreme Court Gardens in Perth’s CBD and was for a first time simulcast to Bunbury and Geraldton!  Check out the online review here.

As always it was a joy to work with the WA Opera Company and I look forward to our next project together.