Morris, Louise, Smith, Tania, Prins, Kirsten and Hamilton, Anna 2008, Collapse, Spotswood Jetty. & unnamed location, 19-3.

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Performance name Collapse
Creator(s) Morris, Louise
Smith, Tania
Prins, Kirsten
Hamilton, Anna
Contributor(s) Lehane, Jason
Reynolds, Claire
Sirpis, Maria
Cavanagh, Jason
Boston Smith, Kate
Claringbold, Alice
Farrell, Ross
Green, Krista
Chiminello, Portia
Marasea, Carlo
Partner(s) Hobsons Bay City Council
Year presented/published 2008
Publisher Red Cabbage Collective
Place of publication Williamstown, Vic.
Performance venue Spotswood Jetty. & unnamed location
Performance end date 19-30 Nov. 2008
Description of performance 1 live visual performance
Summary Collapse was a visual performance installation presented at the Old Port of Melbourne in 2008. The audience travelled by boat across Port Phillip Bay to witness the performance begins at Sciencework’s Spotswood Jetty, where the audience travelled by ferry across the Port Phillip Bay to a remote location, where society has “collapsed”. The performance then becomes a walking tour around this new location, encountering and experiencing the world that Red Cabbage has created.

“At that point…the collapse of their morale, their will power and their patience was so abrupt that they felt they would never be able to climb back out of their hole…Hence, floundering halfway between the abyss and the peak, they drifted rather than lived, given up to aimless days and sterile memories, wandering shadows who could have only found strength by resigning themselves to taking root in the soil of their distress.”- Albert Camus The Plague

Floundering halfway between the abyss and the peak…exist those that have not yet fallen…in a state of recurring collapse. The girl in the yellow dress, the man in the grey suit, the old man in the brown pants, the woman in the blue shirt and the man in the red hat are suspected carriers of the white sickness. They have been removed from their homes to the edge of the city for standard assessment. Here they meet the others, processed…waiting…isolated. By boat…they travel across the bay to their final destination. Not another Hollywood style apocalyptic melodrama in which our heroes find grace, hope and redemption in the utter destruction of modern civilization…in the collapse of lived time the ruins of humanity are exposed as already existent…the limits of our ability to be graceful were discovered long ago…the trauma of the end of time a given…the plague is now.
Keyword(s) performance art
Notes The Red Cabbage Collective (Louise Morris, Tania Smith, Kirsten Prins and Anna Hamilton) are a group of performance makers who create site-specific work. In this show they are supported by a large cast of performers (Jason Lehane, Claire Reynolds, Maria Sirpis, Jason Cavanagh, Kate Boston Smith, Alice Claringbold, Ross Farrell, Krista Green, Portia Chiminello and Carlo Marasea) who inhabit and create the world of Collapse.
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
ERA Research output type JL4 Live performance - Other
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Red Cabbage Collective
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Document type: Performance
Collection: Faculty of Arts and Education
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