Author: Stewart, Megan Blythe
Created through a multidisciplinary theatrical devising process inspired by the worldwide phenomenon of art environments, The Builders is an immersive performance blending theatre and installation. Bringing together an ensemble of theatre artists, dancers and a musician, The Builders investigates transformation, territory and the practice of making oneself at home in the world. The performance immerses the audience in an extraordinary space inhabited by the builders, each one engaged in a relentless effort to transform their surroundings. As they work, they reveal their stories and their processes, reflected in their singular territories, each of which frames a chaotic assemblage of research, improvisation, personal mythologies and desires. Over five months of practice-based research informed by performance, art environments, and installation, the ensemble and I investigated the transformations of space, materials, and identities that occur within devising and the making of art environments. This document serves to outline my research and my devising strategies as the director of the work, and examines the challenges and outcomes of The Builders meeting a live audience.
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