THE SEA-ER & ENA: DOUBLE BILL /// 20-22 OCTOBER
Two shows on one night - a double header: THE SEA-ER by rising star Esther Tuddenham; and ENA by Australian text pioneer berni.m.janssen.
20-22 October, Thursday-Saturday, 7pm
20-22 October, Thursday-Saturday, 8:30pm
JOLTED Arts Space 342 High St Northcote
THE SEA-ER by ESTHER TUDDENHAM
text and sound performance
Esther Tuddenham has emerged as a poet, musician and photographer through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) sector. The Sea-er therefore stands as testimony to the power of her voice, the necessity of the NDIS mechanism, and the identity of the communities through which she has risen.
There is much mythology in The Sea-er – which speaks like a fairy tale through a fractured narrative of spoken word poems and photography: Lilly – a young woman – is asphyxiated in a house fire and resuscitated by a divine paramedic. In that moment she is threaded with the powers of The Sea-er. A great goddess seeks Lilly out and issues her with a task.
Esther’s personal experiences weave through the tale, which itself stands within a much larger project. The Sea-er is one story within the Epic Topias saga. This epic consists of sonic theatre performances, albums, books, films, theatre, installations and visual art. The Epic Topias works have been created by a range of artists across JOLT Arts and Hullick Studios, including berni m janssen with the show ENA; The Amplified Elephants with show Deep Creatures & James Hullick with Le Scatterman. Epic Topias unravels the escapades of intergalactic beings and a decidedly human Australian family.
ENA by berni m janssen
text performance art
In this solo tour de force by berni m janssen, ENA, fifty years on (coming of age in the ‘70’s), is still fired up by injustice. Some things change, some things don’t. Through this poetic assemblage ENA reflects on the past, its imprint on the present and the patterns to be challenged. ENA: activist and solo aunt, continues the good fight.
Janssen is mentor to Tuddenham, and so this double bill is an opportunity to see the master and apprentice in action together on one night.
As with other shows developed for the JOLT 2022 Artistic Program, ENA is one of the mythic stories that populate our Epic Topias saga.
This project is proudly supported by Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.