This double DVD features seven performances. These works are defined by their rich visual narratives and seamless combination of artforms including puppetry, physical performance and projected image.
DVD 1 features excerpts of seven Sellected Works by Jessica Wilson, including: Stormy Night, Frankenstein, Dream Masons, Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear, The Western Ring Cycle, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Under the Big Sky. 28 mins
Stormy Night - live acetate animation from the picture book by Michelle Lemieux which explores philosophy for children, produced for Terrapin Theatre - 2001 - 4 mins - in theatre puppetry for family audiences.
Frankenstein - bunraku puppetry in a haunting rendition of the Mary Shelly's tale, produced for Terrapin Theatre - 2004/6 - 3.5 mins - in theatre puppetry for family audiences
Dream Masons - produced by Salamanca Arts Centre on the facade of that building, for the opening of the Ten Days on the Island Festival - 2007 - 3.5 mins - open air spectacle
Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear - a fable for the post human family, produced by Redmoon Theater in Chicago from the story by Catherine Fargher. - 2007/8 - 6 mins - in theatre puppetry
Western Ring Cycle - three distinct works developed with local community and viewed from moving buses for the Big West Festival - 2007 - 3.5 mins - community work
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs - marionette puppetry and projected image exploring a journey in one woman's mind, produced for Terrapin Theatre - 2003 - 4 mins - in theatre puppetry for adult audiences
Under the Big Sky - produced by Brink Performance on a 20 metre cliff face for QPAC's Stage X Festival - 1997 - 3.5 mins - open air spectacle
Full production credits found at jessicawilson.com.au
DVD 2 is a full performance of Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear. This theatre work has captivated audiences with its intriguing story, beautiful integration of art-forms, quirky aesthetic, and engaging performance style. Through a distinctive combination of puppetry, stop motion animation, original music and physical performance, this production playfully explores the ethical dilemmas faced by society, as new developments are made in health and fertility. A contemporary moral tale, it draws on the traditional structure of fables to raise questions about the remarkable futures and modern day miracles promised by science. 58 mins.
Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear premiered at the Sydney Opera House in July 2007 before playing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne and Perth's Awesome Festival. In 2008 DR EGG played in a seven week season in Chicago at Redmoon Theater.