PERFORMANCE [RE]SEARCH: SOUND AND BODY LANDSCAPES
The work of Performance [Re]Search is physical theatre at its most taxing and, for those spectators that enjoy challenging work, most rewarding. It is demanding work that investigates the performer’s presence and its perception. Each production focuses on the body of the performer as the fundamental artistic material at the centre of a spectrum of all possible materials, and attempts to give visibility to it as a source of creativity.
Performance [Re]Search was established in February 1994 by Serge Tampalini, Andrew Robinson and Sarah Cullity in Perth, Western Australia. 4 DVDs available individually and as well as in this set.
CROSSING BODY SHADOW
Serge Tampalini, Andrew Robinson, Bronwyn Turnbull, Gari-Emma Perry.
Crossing Body Shadow was devised by Serge Tampalini, Andrew Robinson, Gari-Emma Perry and Bronwyn Turnbull. It was first performed at the World Congress of University Theatre, Valleyfield, Canada, June 1997 and subsequently at the University of Malta Theatre, Valetta, Malta, in July 1997.
Crossing Body Shadow may be best described as an ecology of identity, mortality, and acting. The work gathered around investigations of internal and external corporeal modalities and explored their reverberations on and within disciplines of “performance”. In this work, P[R] moved towards drawing attention/focus/energy onto smaller more clearly defined corporeal sites -which in turn presented work of much greater detail and depth.
DISAPPEARIENCES A PERFORMANCE OF DISAPPEARANCE AND ABSENCE
DIRECTION and DESIGN: SERGE TAMPALINI
PERFORMERS: ANDREW ROBINSON and SARAH CULLITY.
Blue Room Theatre, Perth, 1996.
Disappeariences was the first work in a trilogy (loosely framed by the title “Experiences of Identity”) that explored elements of human experience and the ways in which they are translated or communicated through acts of performance, particularly focussing on those elements of experience that resist being reproduced or mediated. It explored emotional, physical, and sensual absences and disappearances, through subtle motifs as well as extremes of experience.
LIVING IS A HORIZONTAL FALL
An Adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s Opium: A Diary of a Cure.
DIRECTION and DESIGN: Serge Tampalini.
PERFORMERS: Andrew Robinson, Sarah Cullity, Aziz Rajil, Bouchra Ijourk.
Living Is A Horizontal Fall was designed and produced as part of the International Theatre Festival in Casablanca, at Theatre De Sidi Belyout and the Institut Francais, Casablanca, Maroc, September, 1995. The first performance of the work was given at the Murdoch University Theatre, August 1995.
For this work P[R] was joined by the Dutch dancer and teacher, Frank Van de Ven. SERGE TAMPALINI, ANDREW ROBINSON, SARAH CULLITY, Nexus Theatre, Murdoch University, January 1997.
Silent Moves was an assemblage of ideas and performances opened up during two weeks of collaborative workshopping that gathered around speculations about internal and external corporeal modalities. It was thought conceivable that in the crossing from the internal body to the external body, yet unmarked bodies were to be discovered. It was found that in so doing the performers were able to experience shadow bodies; bodies found under the surface of conscious awareness and perception.
Please note: these films have an archival quality; however, they are valuable content for research purposes.