hybrid theatre

RISING, a collaboration commissioned by the VCA

After working on RISING since March 2019, it was finally published online and exhibited at Martin Myer Arena, part of Melbourne’s Open House weekend.  The commission of 30 VCA graduates celebrates the completion of the new Victorian College of the Arts buildings, within the area now known as the Arts Precinct.

The work is in four sequential parts, they form the whole work which incorporates audio, digital and filmed mediums.  

I was the director for this work which was devised collaboratively by the following artists with Kim Ho leading:

Lucy Ansell, co-devisor and performer, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), 2018
Cara Dinley, co-devisor and director, Masters of Directing for Performance, 2018
Sarah Fitzgerald, co-devisor and performer, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), 2018
Kim Ho, co-devisor, writer and performer, Masters of Writing for Performance, 2018
Karl Richmond, co-devisor, composer and performer, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), 2018

Additional Credits

Lief Chan, visual artist, Bachelor of Arts 2018
The text on cellular consciousness in part four of the work was adapted from Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s Sensing, Feeling, and Action.

Artist Statement

Rising uses magical realism to grapple with themes of power, oppression, privilege, paralysis and sacrifice. It is inspired by kishōtenketsu, a ‘conflict-less’ East Asian story structure whereby dramatic pleasure derives not from the resolution of conflict, but through a coming-together of four disparate elements. Rising abstracts the brief into four parts, each with a central image; a greenhouse aglow; a magic orchid; figures rising from a boat filled with water; cells as communities – all distilled from the devising process. The work employs a variety of media in an attempt to translate the feeling and power of live performance (as durational, surprising, ephemeral) into a digital gallery.