"What the theatre can still take over from speech are its possibilities for extension beyond words, for development in space, for dissociative and vibratory action upon the sensibility." - Antonin Artaud
In 2009, I conceived and directed my first interdisciplinary performance creation: Qualia (a latin word meaning sensations and experiences which cannot be defined by thought or language). With this show, my indie theatre company, Holding Hollow Theatre, was born. Under this name, I produce and direct new works, conceived in collaboration with artists of all disciplines.
My creative work involves a fusion of sounds and images. It is rooted in an exploration of the body: I am fascinated by the raw instincts and sensory experiences of the animal body, and how that body is shaped by culture. A lot of my work physically explores contemporary ideas of femininity and asks questions about bodily ownership and empowerment.
When I was one year old, for Easter my grandmother gave me a gigantic chocolate egg. At that time, it was probably bigger than my head and I was in awe. I turned to my grandmother and I asked: "What's inside?" She replied: "It's hollow." Unfamiliar with that word, I turned wide-eyed to my entire family and exclaimed: "It's filled with hollow!"
To me, theatre is an act of holding hollow: of savouring the fleeting precious present. My grandmother has now passed on and I cherish that family story of a poignant moment I shared with her. As a theatre artist, I am particularly dedicated to theatre's ability to gather people together in a room and sustain their attention in the present moment for a duration of time. Sustained attention to the moment - here and now - is a radical act in the twenty-first century.