Last week I conducted an experiment at my departmental conference. I wanted to test out the role of audience in my on-going research for reconstituting material from document and memory.
The audience were given envelopes which contained their role and instruction cards. Coupled with this was recorded audio that directly linked to what the audience were told to do, thus creating a visual to the memory heard.
They became the enactors, embodying the performers and audience of the original. It was an interesting experiment with lots to think to about! I think it has inspired me to make something on a much larger scale with further audio.
I am delighted to have been offered a place at The Mellon School of Theatre and Performance Research summer programme at Harvard this June. This is will be two weeks of seminars, workshops, performances and lectures. The overarching theme of the programme is "Locations of Theatre", which for me is an exciting topic as it opens up questions about the location of reconstituted performance in both an artistic and and academic framework.
It will a brilliant opportunity to work and share ideas with people from all over the world!