Coming from a physical theatre background I know how hard devising theatre is. Early in my career my artistic vision lead to solo work – at the moment I only need one body to express my view of the world.
I saw my friends struggling with finding committed partners and even more struggling with finding a voice for their ensemble. It’s a fun struggle, because you grow so much as a person, but still it’s a struggle: you are trying to invent a language that no-one speaks yet and face a lot of failure in trying to translate it to your audience. (If you’re lucky enough to have one.) Not only do you face failure, you face public failure – which takes this failure thing to a whole new level.
That’s why I have deep respect for my fellow travellers. Every inch of progress is hard earned.
My highlight of this year’s devised theatre performances was ghostland cinema by mingbeast.
Two women form this company and I had the pleasure to see their performance early march this year. And it was so good.
Two women deeply exploring, challenging each other, presenting the audience with their unique take.
I cannot tell you what the show was about. I remember having a deep emotional understanding of what I was seeing. I remember thinking: This is art.
Please go and see their work:
I found a picture of our first encounter on their website. They are on stage and I’m leaning against the wall on the left.