Published 27 September 2017
Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with The Living Room Theatre presents an artist talk and showing of ‘A Requiem for Anastasia’ – the first artistic output from a SSSHARC funded Pop-up Research Lab.
The aim of the Pop-up lab is to translate the recent work of the Sydney Environment Institute to the public in an impactful way, specifically through examining how academic knowledge on climate change and heat waves can be communicated through the medium of performance.
The talk and showing by Michelle St Anne will offer insight into the earliest stages of the theatrical knowledge translation process, exploring this idea of performance as an innovative means of mobilising research surrounding shock climate events and their impact on vulnerable communities.
Using the premise of the “enduring image” – how it arrives, is sustained and is deconstructed – Michelle examines the purgatory just after death, where she plays with the sound of heat, the feel of heat, the unease and isolation of heat and its effect on the vulnerable.
St Anne will reveal fragments of imagery and sounds from the rehearsal floor, which will ultimately form the foundation of the completed work ‘Anastasia’ (showing from March 2018). ‘Anastasia’ will be performed in various venues across Sydney, reimagined for each unique space, and informed by academic research from the Pop-up Lab.
Michelle St Anne, The Living Room Theatre and Sydney Environment Institute
Lian Loke, The Living Room Theatre and Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning
Find out more about the SSSHARC Pop-up research project here.