Working With Children
Nicola Gunn (Australia)
Part of Fierce Festival 2019
Working with Children is a performance essay that looks at the problem of intimacy and exposure by exploring the curiosity of artists who make contemporary performance with children for an adult audience. It is an attempt to perform a kind of radical vulnerability.
In a narrative that spins around a central core without ever getting at it, without ever naming it, the audience is invited to wonder about the effect of language on the body with a seemingly unconnected collection of funny and weird anecdotes, which may or may not be true.
Through these accumulated fragments, there is a tension between the insistence of making narrative and the resistance or impossibility of finding one, playing with the idea that we can find a different way of behaving by finding a different way of inquiring and of listening.
“Nicola Gunn is a singular voice in Australian theatre, her imaginative, absurdist work is witty, weird, conceptual and intellectually rigorous without being pretentious.” (performingartshub.au)
The full Fierce Festival 2019 programme will be announced in June.