It is hard to swallow. The synapses in the brain buzz with electrical impulses, slowed and inhibited by lesions on the nerves in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve – caused by multiple sclerosis.
This story is told through the eyes of two siblings. As the physical body deteriorates, they are challenged by the arrival of new symptoms. The established balance of their relationship is brought into question as one must care for the other. They try to make sense of their situation, choosing what to reveal and what to keep private.
The reality of living with disease is thrown into sharp relief through their playful and provocative relationship.
White Matter employs the abstract and emotive language of contemporary dance to portray an experience of living with multiple sclerosis. This beautiful and important work has been choreographed by Shona Erskine, mentored by one of Australia’s foremost dance makers, Sue Healey.
Recommended for audiences 14+
10 – 14 November – male cast
17 – 21 November – female cast
24 November – male cast
25 November – female cast
26 November – male cast
27 November – female cast
28 November (6pm) – male cast
28 November (8:30pm) – female cast
Choreographer: Shona Erskine // Performers: Harrison Elliott, Scott Elstermann, Isabella Stone & Zoe Wozniak // Designer: Chloe Flockart // Lighting Designer: Chris Donnelly // Sound Designer: Chris Cobilis // Photography & Documentation: Ashley de Prazer // Stage Manager: Meabh Walton // Marketing & Publicity: Tony Currie
This project was originally supported through a STRUT Dance SEED residency.
Image: Ashley de Prazer & Chloe Flockart