Anna Cheney in Preserving Jars (showing)  Photo: Alexander Waite Mitchell

Anna Cheney in Preserving Jars (showing)
Photo: Alexander Waite Mitchell

The Collective - Preserving Jars
In residence March 12 - 18 2018

The Collective intend to develop a ‘physical score’ to our play-script under development Preserving Jars that draws on the fields of narrative therapy, repressed memory and PTSD.
A central theme is the concept of ‘immersion’ and we’re interested in exploring issues relating to immersive access for disabled audiences. The link between the work’s thematic concept of immersion and the practical form-al concern of providing an inclusive audience experience is a lynchpin of our proposal.

Aims of the residency:

  • To sketch a physical score and visual symbolic signature to embody the text. Re-valuing the physical (visual, visceral and gestural) in theatrical communication
  • To experiment with how uses of the body and breath interact with the text. e.g how physical manifestations of trauma play out in intimate, nonverbal interactions with other actors and  objects.
  • To investigate the effect of exposing the ‘written’ and ‘physical’ scores to ‘access languages’ while in development What challenges/rewards emerge from the relationships? And how does this inform our creative methodology?   e.g. AUSLAN (symbol based physical communication) and gesture & image (index based physical communication)

Post residency Michele Saint-Yves wrote:

The residecny answered our primary question of if, when and how immersing 'access languages' in the creative development of a play's 'text taking breath in body' can happen.

For this project, working with a choreographer as well, opened up the stylistic language of the main character and the exciting potential use of enhanced AV-scapes eg. 'mic-ing the breath'.

The residency has taken us to a place of drafting a pre-production ready script and in a position to apply for 'performative' (as distinct to creative process research)  development residencies.

Who is The Collective:

Eliza Sanders (Choreographer)
Charles Sanders (Director)
Anna Cheney (Actor)
Michele Saint-Yves (Playwright)
Caroline Conlon (AUSLAN interpretor)
Eliza Lovell (Audio Descriptor for performance)


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