'Iris' - A magical, yet disturbing journey of memories and imagination.
"Maybe Iris was only friends with us when we had a trailer and a pool?"
Set in a rural Australian landscape Iris is part play, part dance; somewhat sophisticated, yet somehow daggy, but mostly fun, with cardigans and a dash of melancholy.
Aberdeen and Abigail are stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere and stuck in their memory of their imagined friend, Iris. Together they remember Iris, tell stories about Iris and pretend to be Iris themselves as a way of keeping her alive.
Created and performed by Gulsen Ozer and Dani-Ela Kayler; Iris is inspired and influenced by Peggy Phelan's writings in 'Unmarked', animation, and Charles Blackman's 'Alice' series, as well as experiences from the artists own backyards.
Living in a highly visual culture, we all place value and meaning on what can be seen, but what about the power of what remains unseen?
A delicate and fragile world full of secrets and childhood memory fill this this bold and playful tragicomedy.
With thanks to; Tim White (dir), Jenny Hector (light), Rose Conners Dance (light), Zoe Barry (sound), Adam Simmons (music), Amy Valent (music), Andrew Ogburn (music), Will Poskitt (music), Leisa Shelton (outside eye), Rebecca Hilton (development mentor and outside eye), Brian Lucas, Edwina Lunn, Sarah Stewart, Penelope Lieshman, Scott Maidment and all the team at Strut & Fret Production House, Charmaine Hardy, David Tyndall and Brett Houghton at Dancehouse, Lucy Guerin and Michaela at Lucy Guerin inc, Emily Sexton, Beau McCafferty, Will Todd, Lee and all at Melbourne Fringe, Fergus, John & Carolyn Floyd, Roslyn Millsteed, Gareth Hart, boys@bluebottle3, Greta, Tom, Funky, Jim & Nate @ artshouse, The Australia Council for the Arts and members of their Dance and Theatre Boards and Arts Victoria. This production has been proudly supported by Managing and Producing Services, a joint initiative of Arts Victoria and the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts and funding advisory body.