Industry Showing

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Images: Michael Pigott

The Industry Showing was the first stage of development of five new works created by Artslab10 artists in residence – Sime Knezevic, Sybella Stevens, Aslam Abdus-samad, Clara MacDermott and Alice Cooper.

– artist notes-

…she loves me, she loves me not.

Written and Directed by Sime Knezevic
Performed by Sime Knezevic, Gideon Payton-Griffiths + guests

Boy meets girl, etc. What happened to that guy from Canberra? Or the girl whose dad liked Creedence Clearwater Revival? And the dying child, the beach and rape and murder with a blackrock, didn’t that happen too?.

The work explores a personal interest of mine involving concepts of play, nature, construction and memory in relation to text, image, sound, time, space and audience. Part of the exploration was to construct a ‘laconically’ Australian story using the ‘beach’ as a site to play on our ‘culturally familiar’ hopes, desires and fears. The work does not adhere to a linear progression of dramaturgical time to tell a story, but rather, bends time to flirt with audiences’ familiarity and expectations within the ‘beach narrative’. The work is set 36˚ S 150˚ E from Greenwich.

Unlocking greyscale
Devised by Sybella Stevens, Katy Maudlin, Jesse Sturgeon
Directed by Sybella Stevens. Performed by Katy Maudlin

Our minds seem to rush in to confront and patch the gaps in our understanding of the world and attempt to continually stabilise the dynamically unstable. Something I am very interested in is the presence of patterns and rhythms in the everyday. We have habits, particular rituals and occupations. We seek out stability.

I have begun to look at a shift in pattern or rhythm as a gap. The gap is neither positive nor negative. The gap is infinite. Unlocking greyscale is the beginning of an exploration into gaps, gaps within a person’s reality. This piece is an exploration of the journey of a woman and her relationship to patterns and rhythms that are present in her world.

Aslam
Written and Performed by Aslam Abdus-samad

To allow yourself to be completely alone takes a great deal of courage and risk. When you are alone you have nothing to protect you from yourself.

Imagine every moment in your life you have felt ashamed. Imagine every moment you have done something that you knew would make you feel terrible. Now imagine each of those moments was personified by a face. Imagine all of those faces following you everywhere, all the time. The only time they would give you some peace is when you are being self-destructive. This is what I am working towards with my piece.

Live performance is mostly limited to what happens on stage. By bringing in a filmic element I can play around with the audiences experience of space and time outside the theatre. During the next phase of development I will continue exploring how both elements can work together to support the development of story, space and character.

Ten Irish Love Songs
Written and Directed by Clara MacDermott
Performed by Clara MacDermott & Sam Duncan

Inspired by the love story between my grandparents, Ten Irish Love Songs explores the concept of love in its many forms. It follows the tale of two lovers separated by distance, whose story represents ‘now.’ It simultaneously throws up the question of love’s place in the past or ‘then,’ represented by love letters and Irish love songs that defined my grandparents’ courtship during World War II. The work is therefore about time and distance as much as it is about love. It speaks to the old and the new, the then and now, and ultimately aims to ask the question that has obsessed many throughout history: what is love?

‘I can’t handle your stuff anymore’
Written & Performed by Alice Cooper

For the past two months since this year’s Artslab mentorship set sail,
I have spent most of my time mucking about with objects. Fortunately
this is what I have meant to be doing. My inquiry is into objects and
as such I have spent many hours staring at and playing with the little
things with whom we share our world; trying to understand them, to
find our relationship to them, to find their place in the world and in
doing so attempting to find ours. Throughout this process a couple of
characters have emerged to help ‘deal with’ the stuff. The first was
the clown whom I had hoped would emerge in my rehearsal room sooner
rather than later. The second character, David was more of a surprise
find- he is a man who has recently split with his partner and is
struggling to deal the stuff she left behind. Both characters have
provided opportunities to explore objects in very different ways; one
through fantasy and metaphor, the other through unknowing misuse that
provides a more obtuse take on how objects are perceived and utilized.
My hope is that each character, and indeed this showing, offer up some
playful and provocative ideas and provoke some questions about where
objects sit in our lives and what they can say about us. Thank you to
the other Arstlab crew for sharing the Mentorship thus far, Michael
for keeping the crew onboard, Saskia for overseeing the cargo and TJ
for his steady hand on the wheel.


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