Interactive performance promises the best seats in the house

No. 33  will explore the experiences of women who lived in the same house. Photo by Pippa Samaya

No. 33 will explore the experiences of women who lived in the same house. Photo by Pippa Samaya

Audience members will join the energy while attending an interactive performance conceived and delivered in Frankston by Mornington Peninsula duo Ru Atma and Brigitte Jarvis.

No. 33 will explore the experiences of women who lived in the same house within an “intimate” performance limited to just 15 people. Audience members will feel like invited guests as they search for clues in an unravelling, engaging 45-minute storyline.

Brigitte said audience members will be enthralled, excited and surprised at each turn of the story, where links will be discovered between your guide and the inhabitants. “Imagine stepping into an unpredictable world where the previous inhabitants are slowly revealed to you as you feel compelled to explore and investigate their lives,” she said.

Frankston Art Centre’s performing arts incubator program HATCH helped facilitate the immersive work supported by industry professionals over different stages via skill refinement and storyline development. Without HATCH development funding, the project wouldn’t have been financially feasible. 

“Last year we developed our story, characters and created four different sets,” Brigitte said. “This culminated in an intense shooting period, where we worked with a small, incredibly talented team to shoot four short films in four days.”

Most creatives experience barriers. Ru and Brigitte find clarity by working spatially, sometimes enforcing physical or metaphorical boundaries while following their intuition to develop works, including the recent comedy Brain Fog. “We are both Geminis and multiple paths are taken to bring us home when creating work,” Ru said.

This year the duo that goes by RAWcollective have developed the live performance element to No. 33. Beyond this they are fostering confidence in the next generation of dance and theatre performers through Loco-motion creative moving for kids and Loco Youth Dance Theatre.

A passion to empower children through free expression drives former professional dancer Ru, who has worked internationally and for the Australian Dance Theatre. Students have been provided with the opportunity to perform at McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery and various theatres. 

Frankston Arts Centre handpicked the act for this year’s season, which will be shown in May. Tickets are available from thefac.com.au 

CAMERON HOWE

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