illumine

hybrid theatre

A Divergent Herstory Pt 1 - dress rehearsal development images

CREDITS

Created in collaboration by Lucy Ansell, Cara Dinley, Sarah Fitzgerald and Magda Miranda 

Performed by Lucy Ansell, Sarah Fitzgerald, Magda Miranda

Concept Design and Direction by Cara Dinley

Special thanks to Felix Ching Ching Ho

Photo credit: Vivian Cooper Smith


What happens if some kind of break has occurred in our ancestry that cuts our connection to either the people, the places or both?

How do we find stories and information about the past that have not been written or passed down orally?

Cellular (body) memory provides an alternative source.

Research has shown that memory can be passed down through generations, which can inform certain parts of the body—its postures and behaviour. Our lived experience, whether we can remember it or not, is stored in our bodies and also affects our postures.

Embryology teaches that the heart develops before the brain and a female creates eggs which could become grandchildren—not their children. We, our eggs, were created in part by our grandmothers.

What does all of this say about the presence of our matrilineal heritage inside our bodies? We have sought to trace the stories inside our body’s cellular memory through sensorial,somatic, ‘body first’ practice to develop A Divergent Herstory Pt. 1.


This work explores an embodied, experimental theatre development incorporating an intergenerational group of all-female artists.

The initial provocation asked “How does your lived experience differ to that of your mother’s and grandmother’s?”

Inside an ambiguous temporal space, intimate stories told through the voice of the body and the body of the voice will feature, intersect with others, and meld together...finding connection in difference.