Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia.

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Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and raised multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia, creating work for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. Alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts, Jacob's award winning solo work Blood on the Dance Floor premiered at Arts House North Melbourne in 2016 to critical acclaim and will be touring internationally from 2019. Jacob is also the Founding Director of the award-winning YIRRAMBOI Festival, Melbourne's premier biennial First Nations arts festival presenting innovation in contemporary and experimental First Nations arts practice from around the world.

The Project

Jacob Boehme will undertake research to develop ethical and curatorial frameworks for a community engaged process, practice and presentation of stories by, for and with people living with HIV. The framework will form the basis of a new performance installation based work, with HIV+ community and artists, called the Blood Library. The Blood Library is a collectively created living repository of memory, story and multi-disclipinary performance exploring universal themes of Blood, Place and Belonging, with Indigenous and non-Indigenous HIV+ artists and participants.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?

The Creators Fund is a gift of time: to think and to dream and for much needed dedicated research. 

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?

Time is the one thing, other than space, that we all as artists crave and desire more than anything. The Creators Fund is a solution and a luxury to be savoured. 

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?

I'm looking forward to the surprises that are just around the corner, all the collaborators I haven't yet met and the ideas that haven't been thought of yet. 

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?

By the end of this period of research and development, it would be great to have a community, creative team and energy around the project, with a solid plan forward into the future.