In a space for shared exploration and sensory encounter, Qualia investigates the nature and continuity of human perception. Four dancers navigate experiential shifts, meditating on perspective and examining the ineffable.
Qualia is an immersive performance for a small audience, where movement research meets phenomenology and participatory theatre. Stemming from Dear's research into perceptive science and surrounding philosophies, it poses reflection on one’s relation to the external world.
Central is the notion of qualia, which Caitlin Dear (choreographer) defines as: subjectively known qualities of conscious experience- the properties of sensory perceptions and what they ‘seem’ like to the individual.
Accessibility: Audiences are exposed to sensory stimuli and invited to wear a blindfold. Accessibility queries or requirements are warmly welcomed.
Presented at Platform Festival (2017), Size Doesn't Matter (really) (2017) and within double bill Perceiving in Action (2016).
Supported by Testing Grounds and The Owl and Cat Theatre
Programmed Responses is a live work combining dance and interactive installation. It explores the theory that everyone has a personal coding, which drives their responses, behaviours and understandings. A coding shaped by biology, experience and environment; formulated at junctures where the innate meets external influences, such as cultural norms and learnt associations.
Factors contributing to this codification are untangled and placed in frictious relation to each other. This separation allowing for meditation on the way factors might manifest together or be directive of each other.
Presented at Lucy Guerin Inc. within the First Run Program (2016) and within double bill Programmed Responses/Finding the Game as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival (2016).
Supported by Lucy Guerin Inc. and Schoolhouse Studios