As If No-one Is Watching is part installation, part circus and dance performance that invites audiences to listen to women’s inner voices and to ask what these women keep silent about.
The installation is a series of small performance spaces, each one inhabited by a woman, who is in her own world, repeating her private inner thoughts to herself through movement.
Accompanying these performances is a collection of stories by these women, told in their voice, that reflects their diverse realities and experiences. Body image, working motherhood, thinking in mathematics and music, inter-generational eating disorders, the discovery of self-love, walking alone at night.
These stories are accessible via a smart phone compatible website that allows anyone with a smart phone and headphones to listen in to these recorded women’s stories. Audiences are given the website address, and the simple navigation, and then they can wander at their own pace to take in the event and access these other, “hidden” narratives for the performance they are watching. Like walking through a gallery of artworks, or like private rooms in a house, each space is alive with performance and each performance has special stories to tell.
The women in this installation are aged from 20 – 70 and from a range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. The project brings women together across generations and life experiences to exchange ideas, share insights and find unexpected points of reference. This is the experience the installation shares with its audience, who can listen in to these private stories that may shock, surprise or resonate.
Please bring your smart phone and headphones.
Come and share a picnic before the show and enjoy expansive views of the river from this beautiful location at Newstead House. Picnics available online from $15.00 @ http://www.thecheesepleaser.com.au and available at the venue.