Composing Self: An explorative methodology through violence, landscapes and underpants

Thursday 16 May 2019,
1.30pm - 3.00pm

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Rex Cramphorn Studio, Level 1, John Woolley Building (Access via Manning Road)


This event is run as part of the Sites of Violence Research Project.

Come to understand the feelings of our environment through sense isolation, research telling and ‘free play’.

Inspired by the work of Janet Cardiff and Konstantin Stanislavski, Michelle St Anne, Animateur with The Living Room Theatre makes space for research conducted at the Sydney Environment Institute and its broader community.  In darkness the research team co-author their way to determine a new aesthetic, gestural language to underpin a landscape of seeping violence against water, bodies and the psyche.

‘Free Play’ is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. – Stephen Nachmanovitch

Michelle St Anne is the Artistic Director and founder of The Living Room Theatre where she has produced, created and performed in 22 original theatrical works in almost two decades. She identifies herself as a theatrical visual artist as her palette lies in the corridor of several artforms, and she delights in collaborations across genre, disciplines and industry.

Through her body of work she has come to develop a methodology ‘Composing Self’ inspired by compositional frameworks from music where she has found a larger family in Europe who all possess similar lines of inquiry and methodology – known as Composed Theatre.

She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts 2003, Actors’ Centre Australia and the University of New South Wales.

Michelle St Anne is currently the Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

This is a closed event, for more information please contact Michelle St Anne (michelle.stanne@sydney.edu.au).

Join us for the ‘showing’ of this work in development at 1.30 pm on Friday 17 May, at the Rex Cramphorn Studio. Contact Charlotte Owens (charlotte.owens@sydney.edu.au) for more information.