SAMARA HERSCH (NETHERLANDS / AUSTRALIA)
SICK! FESTIVAL COMMISSION
PRESENTED WITH CONTACT
FRI 4TH OCT & 5TH OCT
STUN, Z-ARTS, 335 STRETFORD ROAD, HULME, MANCHESTER, M15 5ZA
This intimate new work—performed by teenagers who call into the theatre on mobile phones—delivered a powerful meditation on age and change: changes to bodies, changes in attitude and changes to life. Questions of boundaries, sexuality, pleasure, shame, pain, consent, ageing, grief and death were all on the table as teens from across Manchester and the globe chat with the audience in real-time from their homes. Body of Knowledge provided a surprising, challenging and tender experience, exploring how we pay attention (or not) to our own and others’ bodies co-existing in time and space.
Lead Artist: Samara Hersch
Dramaturg: Maria Rößler
Artistic Advisor: Mette Ingvartsen
Artistic Advisor: Edit Kaldor
Set Designer: Belle Santos
Lighting Designer: Jenny Hector
Creative Technologist: Fred Rodrigues
Stage Manager (Europe) Isobel Dryburgh
Stage Manager (Australia) Cassandra Fumi
Co-produced by SICK! Festival in Manchester and Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art in Sydney.
Realized in the framework of Be SpectACTive! – CapoTrave/Kilowatt (IT), Artemrede (PT), Bakelit Multi Art Center (HU), Brut (AT), BUDA Kortrijk (BE), Cafè de las Artes Teatro (ES), Domino (HR), Divadelná Nitra(SK), Dublin theatre festival (IE), Göteborgs stadss kulturförvaltning/ Stora teatern (SE), Institution Student Cultural Centre (RS), Occitanie en scène languedoc-roussillon (FR), Plesni teater (SI), Tanec praha (CZ), Teatrul national Radu Stanca (RO).
An early version of this work was developed at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam.
Special thanks: Eva Alonso, Malu Peeters, Emma Rekkers, Tony Markus Sacharias, Richard Gregory, Kate Daley, Renny O’Shea and my colleagues and staff from the DAS Graduate School.
Image credit: Samara Hersch, Body of Knowledge, 2019. Image by Pier Carthew.