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Review – ‘A Walk in the Dark’ Civic Life 2013

Review – ‘A Walk in the Dark’ Civic Life 2013

Lauren Carroll Harris: Shopfront Theatre, Civic Life—A Walk in the Dark Felicity Tchorlian, Ragnarök /or how it ended/, Shopfront photo Howard Matthew It’s a busy time for performance and live art, but the curatorial prospect of Civic Life is straightforward: give over the sprawling, boxy property that contains Shopfront Theatre to artists who’ve been hanging […]


Nearing ‘The End’

We have been doing a bunch of work this week and last generating and shaping material in preparation for our end of residency showing. We created a bunch of material through an exercise brought to us by our project mentor Matt Prest. It involved writing tasks that related to the show or materials used in […]


roses are red

roses are red

Sunday fun! Stealing every moment we can alone in the building, today we cleared each of the spaces and did a rough run. My perpetual anxiety about overwhelming Sam with lines and direction vanished when he decided not to use the script and had all of his lines down. AMAZING. There’s still away to go […]


Photos

Before I move onto the next section – material generation and working with my mentor – Matt Prest – I wanted to upload some of the other photos from the showing way back when. Here they are:  


Textures and Thoughts

Textures and Thoughts

I’ve been thinking of a lot of different things in regards to this project. At the moment we have largely been experimenting with mood – that is creating images and music inspired by the Norse myth Ragnarok. Now it is time to get something more happening to create a more cohesive whole. In terms of […]


Showtime?

Showtime?

Showings are a curious beast. To be honest I didn’t really feel ready for a showing, We’d been having such a enjoyable slow generative time it was hard for me to change my brain into any sort of presentation gear even a showing. However when compiling a list of things that had the potential to […]


Draw me a sheep…

Draw me a sheep…

Rehearsals are well underway for what I’m excited to say is my first adaptation: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. My small, but wonderful cast of four are working with me each week bringing to life the characters from each planet the little prince visits on his journey. It is my intention to utilise the different […]


Grape weights and Bubble Gum…

Grape weights and Bubble Gum…

Its been a while… but things in our world are opening up. In the first stage of our development, we limited our scope to dealing directly with the body. Now, we have opened up that dialogue to include materials, real and imagined environments, distortions of the body, and colour! Things are brighter now!! We have […]


Belated reflections on ‘works in progress showing’

Belated reflections on ‘works in progress showing’

Hello! Since our last post HEAPS of exciting stuff has happened. Let’s try and get you up to speed. Firstly we had our works in progress showing (months ago now!). The night was a really excellent opportunity for us to try and show some ownership over the small tasks/video work we produced in the first […]


A new chapter.

A new chapter.

Hello! After the progress showings in July, I did some more research and brainstorming around what I was hoping to achieve, or how I might challenge myself in creating this work for Civic Life. Shopfront is a unique venue as it opens up the possibility for me as an artist to explore the idea of working […]


Last Tuesday – Grapple time

Last Tuesday – Grapple time

Last Tuesday night, Rose and I were lone rangers at Shopfront but nevertheless, we used the time productively. Our aim was to return to basics and really grapple with each element of the show to get at the heart of what we’re trying to say. For Rose, it was a great opportunity to get her […]


My work-in-progress showing

My work-in-progress showing

Reading Carly’s recent post, I was reminded of how simple blogging can be (if I don’t build the task up in my head!). As such, I thought I’d blatantly copy the format of her post to document my own showing, which I presented on Tuesday 30 July along with the other Civic Lifers. Thanks for […]


REM: My ‘work in progress’ Showing

REM: My ‘work in progress’ Showing

Here are some images from my showing on Tuesday 30th July 2013 at Shopfront, plus the little blurb from the program! Looking forward to going through the feedback forms from the night… REM (Working title) REM (working title) is an early development of my intention to explore the Shopfront location, space and potential imaginary. This […]


Meet the makers: My associate artists

Meet the makers: My associate artists

2. I’ve been in dialogue with five artists in preparation for the creative development showing next week as well as looking ahead to the final piece in November. I’m excited by the ideas they have and what they’d each like to explore – so I thought I’d introduce my collaborators! They will each share in […]


Meeting with Blake Ayshford and some new direction!

Lauren Scott-Young and Zoe Allison

Last Tuesday I met with writer Blake Ayshford on the set of his new Foxtel miniseries called Devil’s Playground,  dealing with the Catholic Church cover-ups of the 1980’s. The miniseries deals with the dramatization of factual events, which is something I’ve been working on doing with the Dark Net for a while now. Ayshford has […]


Collective Imagination

Collective Imagination

  Tuesday was great! Once again: new things coming very quickly from old things. I think the wonderful thing about working in a collective is the accelerated way in which you get from one idea to another. Verity and I speak a lot about things we agree with, things we don’t agree with, and things […]


Emulsify

Emulsify

Hello! The last two weeks have been very exciting as Nicola and I huddled on down deeper into our practice. 2nd July Studio Practice Last week we continued exploring the back-to-back breath exercise we had created the week before, again focussing on communicating only with our breath and bodies. Some interesting imagery and ideas emerged […]


The New Team

The New Team

Over the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of working with my new team of performers who will be joining me over the next month to help develop me with new material. A big welcome to Zoe Allison, Lauren Scott-Young and Jack Stodart. Our first week was an introduction to the projects content […]


Rewind – Memory games with Mara

Rewind – Memory games with Mara

While last Tuesday (9 July) was more of a planning session, the Tuesday before (2 July) I invited my very talented friend Mara to play around on the piano. The link between memory and music is an intriguing one (check out the following article – http://www.livescience.com/5327-music-memory-connection-brain.html) and so I thought it would be worth getting […]


The Dark Net on Today Tonight

The Dark Net on Today Tonight

On Monday, Today Tonight aired a fairly accurate (believe it or not) report  about the Dark Net – specifically, Silk Road. Check it out by clicking here.  


#DIY Bifrost

#DIY Bifrost

Apparently I didn’t post this blogpost from July – another story from the Emma wrestles with technology saga. So here is a little past insight for you. New insight on its way too! This is the forth week of my residency and things are starting to fall into place. I have been gradually building a […]


Two Breathing Bodies, a Drowning Mobile Phone and a Very Big Hello!

Two Breathing Bodies, a Drowning Mobile Phone and a Very Big Hello!

This last month has been an attempt to find our feet as a collective. Verity and I have longer histories of doing work independently from one another than together, so finding a voice/language that accurately represents us as a collective is key to us moving forward. This has pushed us to explore new terrain with […]


Where you at?

Where you at?

I’ve been meaning to post an update for a couple of weeks now so here’s a bit of a long one! Our first week of studio practice gave us a great bonding family dinner with some pretty fancy foods. Certainly hope we can keep that up! Afterwards we spent some time getting to know each […]


Kitchen playtime

Kitchen playtime

Last Tuesday night, my friend Rose joined me for some image-making in the kitchen at Shopfront. Lying on the floor with her eyes closed, I asked her to think about a room/space from her childhood where she felt most comfortable and herself. I then instructed her to project the image of that room (and what […]