Samara Hersch (AU)
Samara Hersch is a theatre maker, director and teaching artist whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. She recently completed her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy, particularly through imagining new performative frames for non- professional performers and audiences to inhabit.
Samara Hersch (AU): Body of Knowledge
This intimate work, performed by teenagers who call into the theatre on mobile phones, is a powerful meditation on age and change: changes to bodies, changes in attitude, and changes to life. Questions of boundaries, sexuality, pleasure, shame, pain, consent, ageing, grief, death and the future are all on the table as teens from across Belgium and around the globe chat with the audience in real time from their bedrooms. Body of Knowledge is a surprising, challenging, and tender experience exploring how we pay attention (or not) to our own and others’ bodies co-existing in time and space.
Body of Knowledge is part of the large-scale European project Be SpectACTive!, where the focus is on actively involving the public and local residents in the organisation and programming of the artistic programmes.