"Contini’s consistently engaging character work has always been typified by an open and expressive generosity of spirit."
- Matthew O’Neill
"Contini is an exceptional performer, just magic to watch … Contini’s imaginative approach to storytelling, and her energy and originality is what live theatre is all about."
- Xanthe Coward, XS Entertainment
Giema Contini is an actress and artist with experience across multiple disciplines including theatre, film, cabaret, theatre-making, puppetry, musicals, children’s theatre and physical theatre. Giema’s debut solo show Awesome Ocean Party was nominated for Best Cabaret at 2016 Melbourne Fringe.
Giema has trained with national and international artists and companies including world-renowned acting coaches Larry Moss and Carl Ford (Susan Batson Studio), Anne Bogart & SITI Company (Suzuki, Viewpoints & Composition), Second City Chicago (Comedy Improvisation), Dr. Brown (Gaulier Clown), Barney O’Hanlon (Body Mind Centering), Andrea Moor (Practical Aesthetics), Zen Zen Zo (Physical theatre & Creation) Alejandro Rolandi (Contact Improvisation), Shaun Parker (Physical Theatre), Sankai Juku (Butoh), Steph Keoh (Lecoq) and Jamie Kable (Meisner). Giema is a graduate of a QUT Bachelor Creative Industries Drama degree.
Jill | Dragon King | Susan Shimchong: Daughter Overboard World Theatre Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Jeremy Neideck
Service Staff Fear & Delight Strut & Fret and Brisbane Festival, Scott Maidment
Lead (One Woman Show) Awesome Ocean Party Giema Contini & Anywhere Festival, Giema Contini
Ratani The Children's Monologues Digi Youth Arts & Back Bone Youth Arts, Alethea Beetson
Bridesmaid Or Forever Hold Your Peace La Boite Theatre Company (Indie), Dave Sleswick
Narrator | Hooded Man | Old Man The Harbinger Dead Puppet Society & Critical Stages, David Morten
Woman Six Women Standing In Front Of A White Wall Little Dove Theatre Art, Chenoeh Miller
Anna Shadow Thief LATT Children's Theatre Company (Seoul, South Korea), Paul Matthews
Tris Divergent Promo Hoodlum, Michael Griffin
TAB Punter Ladbrokes Campaign Kiosk, Ryan Renshaw
Princess Happy & Mister Somebody The Harbinger La Boite Theatre Company (MainStage), Matt Ryan & David Morten
Clytemnestra iWar The Danger Ensemble & Brisbane Festival, Steven Mitchell Wright
Birthday Girl The Flying Orchestra OPAC, Peter Wilson
Artist In Residence Broken Heart Syndrome | Fresh Ground Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Giema Contini
Bus-stop Dancer Fifteen La Boite Theatre Company (Scratch), Liesel Zink
Gen Aurelian La Boite Theatre Company (Scratch), Genevieve Trace
Old Man The Harbinger Dead Puppet Society, David Morton
Candice Shit Two Hours Traffic, Morgan Rose
Giema A Collection Of Various Selves Metro Arts, Liesel Zink
Night Club Dancer SLiDE Hoodlum, Garth Maxwell
Marching Band Fan A Heartbeat Away Pictures In Paradise, Gale Edwards
GiGi Emma Dean & Her Imaginary Friends Harbour Agency, Dale Thorburn
Street Rat Pennies & Beggars The Danger Ensemble, Steven Mitchell Wright
Gemma Several Words Associated With Revenge Metro Arts, Daniel Santangeli
The Gardener Bin, Cement, Flower, Leaves Under The Radar, Brisbane Festival, Genevieve Trace & Mck McKeague
Elizabeth & Vampire Dracula Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Steven Mitchell Wright
Nomination: Awesome Ocean Party, Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival
Grant Recipient: JUMP Mentoring Program, Australia Council For The Arts & Youth Arts Queensland
Grant Recipient: Fresh Ground Artist In Residence, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts & Arts Queensland
Nomination: Matilda Awards Best Supporting Actress, The Harbinger, La Boîte Theatre Company (Indie)
Awesome Ocean Party is a one-woman cabaret created and performed by Giema Contini and featuring original music by Nathan Stoneham (지하 Underground). It tells the story of a young woman who believes with all her heart that she is half-octopus.
This half-human/half-octopus host invites you into the depths of her three hearts. Through song, storytelling and an ocean-themed birthday party, she weaves together a tale of love, loss, longing and legends of amphibious family histories.
Awesome Ocean Party is an exploration into people’s ability to overcome pain and adversity through imagination, silliness and a genuine connection with others.
Awesome Ocean Party has been developed with the assistance of Australia Council’s JUMP Mentoring Program alongside leading UK theatre director Pia Furtado, Fresh Ground at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and Metro Arts with creative provocation from Deborah Leiser-Moore.
In 2016 Awesome Ocean Party was nominated for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival.
"As one of Brisbane’s more celebrated performers, Contini’s consistently engaging character work has always been typified by an open and expressive generosity of spirit. Her initial work as lead creative sees that same expressive generosity extended to an entire production – with additional lashings of colour, joy and a certain surreal silliness only adding to the work’s already-delightful energy. A promising debut.” – Matthew O’Neill.
"Contini is utterly engaging thanks to her original performance and spot-on timing, creating humour and suspense alike in the most minor of moments.” - Meredith Walker, Blue Curtains Brisbane
“Contini is an exceptional performer, just magic to watch … Contini’s imaginative approach to storytelling, and her energy and originality is what live theatre is all about” - Xanthe Coward, XS Entertainment
"Contini is hilariously awkward and extremely likeable. The story itself is touching and will make you laugh, then cry, then laugh again.” - Maddie Nixon, Anywhere Theatre Festival
“This is a gorgeous show, a surprisingly full-on show, and a warm experience of the cool ocean blues that I cannot recommend highly enough” - Johnathan O’Brien, Anywhere Theatre Festival
Creator and Performer: Giema Contini
Producer: Annie Bourke Hot Mess Productions
Composer: Nathan Stoneham
Designer: Genevieve Morrow Ganner
Dramaturg Support: Morgan Rose & Robbie O’Brien