One Thousand Project


One Thousand Project


is a duo art project between Francesca Willow and Madison Mae Parker. Francesca, an artist and performer, uses Madison’s poetry as a starting point for making movement.The duo aims to create a full, experiential atmosphere for the audience, not allowing them to be passive observers, but active participants in the conversation unfolding before them. Their work touches on the darkness that lies within us all, and the strength to overcome through the power that exists within humanity. 

There’s a connective tissue with One Thousand Project between one dancer and one poet that creates a breadth of meaning which speaks to us all... It’s more than throwing the two genres together, it’s a discussion around sexuality, gender, hope, identity and how to stay open in a closed-off world... There’s an exploration of text and body happening with One Thousand Project that sits on the periphery of hope.
— Scott "Scotty Wings" Sneddon, Australian Award-Winning Physical Poetic performer, Writer, Teacher and Co-Director of Ruckus Slam

The artists




Francesca Willow

is a performance artist and choreographer based in London. After training in contemporary dance at Laban and Performance Studies at King's College London she fell into the poetry scene by accident, and has been dancing her way across the international circuit since. She is also the founder of Ethical Unicorn, where you can find her talking all things ethical lifestyle.

\\ @FrancescaWillow \\ \\




madison mae parker

is a writer and a performance artist. She owes her loud vocals and rambunctious laughter to her Texas roots. She is currently working in the Midwest with an art residency and as Vice President of Write Bloody Publishing. You can find her watching anime and eating hot cheetos on the reg with her cat MeowZaki.

// @MadisonMaeParker // //

The One Thousand Project represents what is possible when we move beyond our fields of vision as artists and performers. It is where we arrive when we move out into the space beyond our own voices, and our own bodies. It is the ever-shifting, molten ephemera of the space between. It is good to be here.
— Simon Kindt, Australian Poet and Kelvin Grove College Educator and Administrator


In a word, excellent. The DTU [Drug Treatment Unit] officers reported that the session was great, and the prisoners loved it. We would welcome you back anytime.
— Stephen Bailey - Acting Principal Corrections Officer, Drug Treatment Unit (Te Araroa) – Arohata Women’s Prison, New Zealand



Home means something different to each one of us. It is a place of safety and security where we can be comfortable, and it is  also something we can open to others, inviting people inside to share with us in both tangible and intangible ways. This workshop explores the body as a home and how to invite others into this openness of safety and vulnerability — particularly through the collaboration of movement and poetry. Sometimes, for the poem to exist wholly and completely, it must take up more space than just a simple stage and mic or a page.


when ink is not enough

We all encounter those poems or pieces that don’t seem to be enough in and of themselves. So what do we do then? What happens when you've edited and edited and the piece still does not tell the necessary truth? This workshop explores the idea of combining movement, physical theatre and writing to influence, expand, and explore new corridors of creativity. Sometimes, you must take the poem outside of the page to discover what it needs to exist. 


We all find ourselves in situations that are too complicated to explain to those around us; what we think, what we need, how we feel — it can be overwhelming. Creativity can be an outlet for this, giving language to the unspeakable. We can take these difficult times and create something that expresses how we are feeling, taking bottled up, negative emotions outside of ourselves and into a more productive space. This workshop utilises creative writing, movement and performance as a method of process, creation and ultimately, healing.


further workshops available upon request