NAME: IAN MICHAEL // ROLE: PERFORMER & CO-WRITER // SHOW: HART
What was your first experience with theatre?
I think I was 5 when I saw Possum Magic at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre.
I get the same feeling as an adult when I see theatre – that feeling of being completely in the world and never wanting it to be over.
What’s the best show you’ve ever seen?
There are too many to choose from. But the most recent show I saw was Pina Bausch’s Nelken, it blew my mind in so many ways. The thing I’ll take away from it most was the diversity of the performers on that stage, they were all ages and came from all over.
I cried at the end thinking about how gifted and daring Pina was to make work like that and give it to the world.
Where do you see theatre and performance art ten years from now?
I hope that we keep making work that reflects the world that we live in. By then theatre will be even more inclusive to the people who haven’t had a voice or the space to tell their stories.
What excites you about Perth? What are some must-see places you would recommend?
Being back in Perth and WA is exciting because it means I’m home and don’t get here as much as I would like. I really like hanging out in Mt Lawley, Leederville and Fremantle. I really miss the beach, so I’ll be making sure I get down to Cottesloe as soon as we get off the plane.
Do you have any unusual rehearsal rituals?
Not really unusual but I’m really strict with making sure I warm up for at least an hour and a half before.
There is one song that I listened to before every rehearsal and I listen to that song before every show now.
Rehearsing HART for seven hours a day can be very emotional, so we like to hug each other a lot and end the day dancing like we’re in a Beyoncé music video.
How would you describe your artistic practice? Who are your major influences?
I find collaborating is the way I like to work – having the text as the starting point and then just playing around with improvisation, sound, movement, objects to see what can be discovered through using your instincts.
The people who influence me are usually the people I’m working with at the time. With HART I get to work with some incredible artists, we all have big ideas and offers-that really excites me, people who are brave enough to dream and try something at least once.
Find out more about She Said Theatre’s HART here.
Image by Daniel James Grant. Background image by Jarrad Seng.