NAME: Sam Chester // ROLE: Creator & Director // SHOW: HIRO
Which three words best describe your show?
Rich, challenging and intimate.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
To question our own hubris and the decisions we make it life – that at the flip of a coin our whole lives can be altered forever – the work makes me aware of our hubris as a human race and what we are blindly ignoring because of ego or our refusal to change – it will and is catching up to us –
What was your first experience with theatre?
It would have to be when I played Thumberlina in 3rd grade
What made you first realise you wanted to pursue a career in theatre?
Well I come from dance originally, and trained and performed in the capacity of an independent contemporary dancer, which I loved! My love of theatre came a bit later when I trained at NIDA in the Movement Studies course. It was there that I started to understand the power of the body – in its subtlety – its small gestures and in story-telling. It was here I discovered my love of movement in theatre and making and directing theatre from the body – it has been a driving force this embodiment thing – how to be present in the stories we tell….I am obsessed.
What kinds of works are you most drawn to?
Ones that question my thinking – ones that stay with me weeks even years later – like the shaking at the end of Megs Stuart work ALIBI – it was transforming and to this day I am still fascinated by the feeling. Works that are unafraid to show the inner trembling of our human nature! Work that is unafraid to fail. Work that is not polite. Work that is trying to put pieces together for us – an understanding – for our past and our future.
What was the last show you saw?
I have seen a few lately but Vessel for the Perth Festival – it was extraordinary – it really questioned how I viewed the body and how over time we are all able to accept differing forms. It was magic and a brilliant collaboration between a choreographer and sculptor.
Do you have any unusual performance rituals?
In terms of performing I have to do at least an hour ½ of yoga before a show and I like to watch Antique Roadshow – I also like having mementos with me. For The Astronaut – with the set comprising thousands of puzzle pieces underneath them all were photos of my sisters and my family – it made me feel less alone on stage.
What excites you about 2018?
Working with young artists
HIRO: The Man Who Sailed His House
19 June – 7 July
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