presented as part of the 2018 VCA Masters of Directing for Performance Graduate Season

_CONTROL is a supraliminal fantasia, sleepy and at times dystopic.

CORPORATE body brain dead child mildly alive and lifting turning under a flickering fluorescent light

washes away the dreams and the secret parts of your heart so the all-seeing-eye can see exactly how you think…

Director Romi Kupfer
Writer Elias Jamieson Brown
Sound Designer Sidney Millar
Lighting Designer Rachel Lee
Costume and Set Designer Juliette Whitney
Auslan Interpreters Ilana Gelbart, Benjamin Hoopman
Performers Tenielle Thompson, Anna Seymour, Cheryl Ho, Conor Leach, Laura McAloney

5th- 7th October 2018

Martyn Myer Arena

This physical performance piece was devised over an eight-month period. Romi Kupfer leads an ensemble of five performers, with her collaborator Elias Jamieson Brown.

“_Control has been a ten-month collaboration with our ensemble. I am blessed to work with a group of creators who are willing, in ways, to surrender their complete inhibition and their critical eye and discover what they’re capable of creating with their bodies. My process as a director is about trust, respect, and the safety of the performer. I hope that the performance space is imbued with the same sense of peace, and connection that we have worked to build during rehearsal. Alongside the explorative and emotive energy that we have found together.”

- Romi Kupfer, Directors note

“The content and imagery for _Control came out of conversations with the performers both outside and during rehearsal, from watching each of them move with a particular uniqueness and form, and because I wanted to write something that is quintessential to this particular group of people. Writing _Control presented the challenge of framing bodies in space, without imposing my presence or anything too prescriptive that might jar the performers’ spontaneous, found movement. I hope however, that there is room too for the audience to dream meaning into the transient spaces, and the liminal spaces that might offer portraits of trauma, hallucination, and the desire for human connectedness.”

- Elias Jamieson Brown, Writers note

Photography by Vivian Smith