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A is for Atlas

A is for Atlas Gift Fund - General Appeal


We've been invited to make new Dining Room Tales works in Portugal and Japan in late 2019. We need your help to get us there.



Melbourne's A is for Atlas makes contemporary performance. Our artists travel the globe and the corners of creative practice to deliver new experiments in performance making. Our work traverses multi-form practice collaborations, community development practice, collaborative cross-cultural practice and collaborations between arts and non-arts disciplines. 

Our much loved Dining Room Tales is a social art practice and body of work conceived and directed by Xan Colman, deploying food, storytelling and performance to bring people together in creative actions of social resilience; collective contributors to an emerging autobiography. Strangers are invited to the dinner table, to intimately share in the life, culture and practice of food-loving artists over a communal meal they’ve designed for the audience. Xan collaborates with artists around the world as protagonist hosts. Each collaboration forges a performance that materially presents the practice of the protagonist, within systems of slow, relational, story-imbued time.

Live, inter-disciplinary, connective and catalytic, Dining Room Tales cultivates cross-community connection to narratives of art, place, culture, family, and life practices both traditional and contemporary which inform the way our society can better function through harmony. In the slow time of communal gathering, structure waxes and wanes and opens space for new conversations. Critical conversations about who we are as a society, and the future we approach together.



​We all know that money lets artists make art; investment in this project does more than realise the work. It projects a unique local creative practice into international stages, homes and hearts.

​Since 2011, we have staged close to 80 Dining Room Tales performances, weaving their magic from Melbourne to London, to Sydney, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Canberra, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Belo Horizonte and Perth. With your support, we'll push towards our 100th performance, engaging communities across Portugal, Japan and Australia.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your support.

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Thank you for your support of A is for Atlas.

More information about the company and its work can be found at



"the antidote to fear and misinformation and hatred" - ABC Arts

"Just wonderful. No other words needed. Go." - Audience member

"suffused with hospitality at every level" - The Age

"Utterly extraordinary" - Audience member

"5 Stars" - Artshub



"one of the nation's most uncompromising independent performance making ensembles" - Brett Sheehy, Artistic Director, Melbourne Theatre Company

"profound theatrical intelligence" - The Age

"guided by well-developed strategic thinking and approaches, sound methodology and pragmatism" - Teresa Zolnierkiewcz, Head of Philanthropy, ANZ Global Wealth


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