Split Signs at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective

Double bill performance Split Signs, featuring exciting new work by Julia de Rosenwerth and Adriana Jamisse, took place between 26 – 28 October 2016 at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

These young dance artists from the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, are working towards a language of movement and improvisation that is exploratory and different.

Both de Rosenwerth and Jamisse have worked with award winning choreographer Nicola Elliot. Elliot was one of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary recipients in 2012.

Split Signs is a unique collaboration between artists of dance, photography and design. Friends and colleagues shared skills and expertise as they worked towards creating a production that is multidisciplinary and multidimensional.

The first work Split is a solo piece choreographed and performed by de Rosenwerth and directed by Jamisse. “This work emerged from an exploration of significant childhood memories,“ says de Rosenwerth. “I recognised a particular uneasiness I felt toward them and in response, through movement and costume, I began to purposefully invert, destabilise and deform my own female body. I became interested in the different political, gender-based and sexual readings that can arise from seeing a female body constantly upside down.“

As a womxn, I often experience a rift between knowing my own subjective complexity and continuously being objectified (both by myself and others). This is a result of the male-dominant, hyper-sexualised and hyper-image conscious society that I find myself in. A kind of doubleness or SPLIT in the experience of myself and how I relate to my body is created. I explore this in the work which began on a residency with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in 2016.

Fit of Peak is a duet which follows Split. This is choreographed and performed by de Rosenwerth and Jamisse.

Split Signs at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Split Signs. Julia de Rosenwerth and Adriana Jamisse. Photograph by Alessandra Griffin.

“Our duet arose from an investigation into how breath, rhythm and voice could seed a movement vocabulary,“ de Rosenwerth continues. “We chose not to investigate a theme or concept at first, but allowed something to emerge from our bodies. This introduced a tension between being intuitive in our tasks and creating meaning for an audience. Due to our positionality as friends, womxn and artists, what arose from our process was a desire to express frustration and anger, free our sensuality and physicalise our personal relationship. As a result the work has a lyricism that emphasises our moving bodies, but does not neglect our personal politics and interactions.“

Jamisse adds to the conversation; “Fit of Peak is a multi-layered duet between two people who have been through a lot together and cultivate each other positively on a daily basis, regardless. It is an investigation of our internal and individual struggles while together, while holding and being held, and also while in conversation with each other.“

For more information on the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, please visit their website on http://theatreartsadmincollective.weebly.com/

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