“Somewhere in our history we were told that this is wrong, but this is right. That self doubt is something that everyone feels. That we all get a little sad sometimes. That one day we’ll die.”
Explain Normal is a new dance theatre work currently in creative development, directed by participatory artist Daniele Constance. It is an artistic collaboration between the performance artists of Aha Ensemble who identify with disability (South East Queensland) and artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective (Brisbane).
Combining live and pre recorded audio, movement and verbatim; Explain Normal explores how this collective of artists define perceptions of normalcy, through the lens of diverse experiences. This exciting new work explores the juxtaposition of the artists, their bodies and identities; experimenting together to develop a shared movement language and collaborative practice across a rich and diverse range of personal performance histories.
The team have been experimenting for the last twelve months, with Explain Normal evolving through two creative development periods at Metro Arts in 2018. It is set to premier with a full performance season at Metro Arts in 2019.
Director: Daniele Constance
Choreographer: Nerida Matthaei
Performing Artists from Aha Ensemble: Allycia Staples, Megan Louise West, Rebecca Dostal, Ruby Donohoe, Mitchell Runcie, Kayah Guenther
Performing Artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective: Charles Ball, Nadia Milford
Lighting Design: Keith Clark
Sound Design: Joseph Burgess
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.