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Shifting and Sliding: The Feminine Psyche in Performance

Year: 2004, 54 mins
Code: JK-Slid
ISBN: 978-1-921882-09-8

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Interviews by Dr Rachel Fensham : with writer/director Jenny Kemp, performer Margaret Mills and composer, co-director Elizabeth Drake. Shifting and Sliding spans a series of works, about the feminine psyche in performance, from the early 80's into the 21st century. These works written and directed by Jenny Kemp are constructed in collaboration with a team of highly skilled, interdisciplinary artists, drawing upon the disciplines of dance/movement, music/sound, film, visual art, design and theatre.

The works examine and challenge the social, temporal and gender constructs within which women in particular live. They offer a positive vision of the feminine psyche as creative, productive and resourceful. This collection of innovative and highly visual works attempts to create a formal solution to the disjunctive relationship, that we all negotiate daily, between our inner and outer worlds.

Shifting and Sliding has live footage of these extraordinary works interwoven throughout the interviews to offer the viewer an interesting and thought provoking experience.

Jenny Kemp has been recognised as one of Melbourne's most innovative directors and writers for more than two decades. She has been associated with the Australian Performing Group and the groundbreaking Stasis Group and has directed in Melbourne, Sydney and South Australia. Kemp occupies unique theatrical territory. A writer and director of exceptional vision, she mines the unconscious for images and tales that defy conventional narrative. Black Sequin Productions creates performance works, that investigate the human psyche and it’s ability to function creatively in a contemporary world. ‘ you walk down the street you see the real world but feel aware of an inner world..’ Black Sequin Productions attempt a dialogue with this disjunction. Our intention is to liberate the audience from the usual constraints of linear time and provoke an imaginative and associative engagement with image, action, text and sound. Previous Black Sequin Productions:Kitten, (Melbourne International Festival of the Arts), Still Angela, (Playbox Theatre & National Tour / Mobile States), The Black Sequin Dress (Adelaide Festival, Playbox, Belvoir St.), Remember (Gasworks) and Call of the Wild (Spoleto Festival). Goodnight Sweet Dreams (Anthill).

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