TransLab

July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Over the last few years, I have been tinkering around with the idea of making physical theatre that combines elements of butoh and Korean traditional opera (pansori). I have had varying levels of success in this, and along the way I have subjected people to a variety of showings of my work. Starting with Strange Earth in 2009, through to Deluge in 2011 and most recently, a project I am calling TransLab.

TransLab is a process of setting up a transcultural environment in which to explore the transformation of body and voice. It is a part of my Masters study at QUT and involves working with artists from Korea and Australia to not only facilitate cultural and skills exchange, but to create new performance environments together.

And I finally feel like I am getting somewhere.

My most recent showing was at the end of June, and I captured the whole thing on film. At the moment, TransLab describes the creative environment in which I am redeveloping Deluge: which will culminate in November in a relatively sophisticated version of that work. What is emerging is a style of working and a series of training and rehearsal conditions that I will continue playing with in the future. Once I get this Masters out of the way, I want to invite more artists into the studio with me to train and to create.

One step at a time though, one step at a time.

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