A household in a state a flux

Mom and son in “That was Friday”. Photograph: Lorna Sim.

A NEW manufacturing of a brand new play coming to Belconnen Arts Centre this week is equally theatre and dance.

“That was Friday” has been scripted by US playwright Jack Sullivan, from Brooklyn, collaborating with sibling co-directors Charley and Eliza Sanders from the Home of Sands manufacturing firm and was based mostly on a thematic provocation dreamt up by the Sanders sisters of “what it’s prefer to be a stranger at residence, and at residence in unusual locations”.

They’ve been joined within the course of by Amrit Tohari Agamemnoian and your entire ensemble of 5 dancers and three actors, and the skilled manufacturing at Belco Arts, supported by funded Arts ACT, the Australia Council and supported by Ausdance and QL2, will even function a big upstage video backing designed by Laura Turner as a part of the motion.

Sullivan, who was in contemporary from New York, and a bit jetlagged once I caught up with him late final week, (November 18) says will probably be a brand new exploratory work, one he hopes will likely be “visceral.”

The dance displays “emotional states.”

In a preview displaying, we noticed first the brother and sister a having a Zoom catch-up with their mum in Orange, NSW, the place she lives (that’s additionally the place the Sanders sisters come from) however actually, Sullivan says, the play begins with the loss of life of the mom.

The mom character, Charley says, “is a little bit of our mum, a little bit of our grandma and a little bit of Jack’s mum,” and though there are flashbacks in time, in her directing she has conceived it as a recent work.

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Jack’s job has been to concentrate on the script whereas Eliza has been taking care of the dance.

The 2 met again in 2015 at an upstate New York State theatre convention run by American theatre and opera director Anne Bogart.

“We used to go dancing after we have been there and few years later, Eliza contacted me,” Sullivan mentioned, resulting in the long-distance play improvement that adopted.

The play, he explains, “is about an Australian household dispersed throughout the globe for jobs and looking for themselves”.

It’s no spoiler to say that proper at the start, the mom dies, and the 2 siblings, a brother residing in London and a sister who works for Google Maps in NYC, come again for a funeral and are compelled to confront decisions… they’ve made to grasp sacrifices that their mom has made for them”.

As for the seamlessly blended dance ingredient, that, Eliza says, displays “emotional states, the flux and modifications”.

“That Was Friday,” Belconnen Arts Centre, November 23-26.


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Ian Meikle, editor