NAME: Kat Shaw // Role: Deviser/Performer // Show: Hypatia
What show/s are you looking forward to this season?
We’re in for a treat this season with such a splendid variety of shows! I was particularly blown away by the beautiful choreography presented by Kynan Hughes to introduce his show Valentine at The Blue Room Theatre Season Launch – I can’t wait to jump into that one!
What kinds of works are you most drawn to?
Visual, visceral works. Works that say something about the world or the human condition – in all its ugliness and beauty. I love feelings and I love shows that make me feel them all.
What was the last show you saw?
One of the last shows I saw was The Advisors, by The Last Great Hunt. It was mesmerising, and a little panic inducing. It really struck a chord with me.
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do?
Feeling present when we are creating. I so frequently ponder the past, and worry about the future, it’s rare to find a moment when I am truly in the present. When we’re on the floor devising physical material, my mind and body feel delightfully full and whole. I am also consistently blown away by the creativity of the incredible women in our ensemble. They each bring something fresh and completely unexpected to the floor – and their creativity and fervor never cease to amaze me!
Who has been your biggest influence in theatre?
Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Brisbane. They introduced me to the world of physical theatre, which is where I have found my passion. Through Zen I discovered Frantic Assembly, SITI Company, Dairakudakan, and Pina Bausch – all huge influences on my work. And through Zen’s training I met the other members of the Open Lid Ensemble, who are now my closest friends, playmates and co-creators.
If you had to be an animal for one day, what would you be? Why?
Some sort of majestic mountain goat. They seem like sure-footed, swashbuckling, natural-born adventurers. By the end of the day I’d be sure to have seen some sights and collected a story or two to tell!
Image by Marshall Stay