Days Like These explores the varied ways we as humans express our emotions from one day to the next. Through a series of emotive snapshots the audience is invited to reflect on and revisit the best and worst days of their life. Drawing on the idea that our universal differences make us also the same, a creative team of very different people bravely peel back their layers to share stories of joy, loss, frustration and change.
The work is made up 4 artists in 13 fractured scenes that are presented as a smorgasbord of short emotive stories. The stage is painted with projected images and infra-red bodies, the score is haunting, subtle and infectious. The overall filmic design of the show makes it both bite-size and full length appealing to a broad audience.
Seamlessly weaving together a mix of text, visuals, sound and movement, ‘Days Like These’ celebrates both the episodic and resilient nature of the human spirit.
The show examines emotional thresholds and attempts to hold a mirror up for all to ask… What kind of day is today?
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
The stage and backstage need to be wheelchair accessible. For example level entry access into backstage area and onto the stage and access to an accessible change room and/or bathroom
- The performers use a small amount of water on the stage as part of the 3 scenes in the performance. The Stage Manager dries in between scenes and Murmuration has a wet vacuum for end of show clean up. The relaxed performance is a dry show.
Murmuration is Australia’s pioneering integrated performance company based in Western Sydney. Working with a collective of interdisciplinary professional artists with and without disability, Murmuration collaborates with each artist’s unique perspective, physicality and lived experiences, to create engaging and thought-provoking arts and entertainment.
The company is made up of core staff, contracted artists, teaching artists and guest practitioners. The projects undertaken support both emerging and established artists across multiple art forms including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, scenography, production design, digital media and screen. Their annual program is made up of creative developments, the presentation of original works and inclusive arts workshops.
Taking a four stream approach:
Making - supports professional arts practice, through the research, development and presentation of contemporary theatre and film.
Performing - the presentation of original works made by the company in partnership with independent artists, venues, programmers or clients.
Touring - the presentation of international and national tour ready works.
Learning - the creative learning program is open to all people to participate in the performing arts through inclusive creative workshops, outreach and community events.
Murmuration has an outstanding track record in the development of the professionalisation of the arts and disability sector at state, national and international levels.
- Company Website
Unique Selling Point
There is a 30-45 minute pre show interactive sensory exhibition that the audience can experience in their own time. The installation features 9 limited edition hanging prints from photographer Rose-Lynn Fishers collection 'The Topography of Tears', a touch; smell; and see station, a live motion capture installation and an audio soundtrack playing throughout the space. These experiences introduce and connect the audience to the themes, sounds and images that are used in the production.
Both the pre-show experience and short scenes within the work are heightened versions of everyday, relatable experiences, making the work very accessible to a broad and diverse audience.
- Rider Pack
- Technical Requirements and specifications
- Company Manager and Creative team ready to tour
- Video content in 3 versions; 1 minute trailer; 5 minute extended trailer; both with audio description + full length locked off version for private viewing
- Broadcast quality footage available in sell-off
- Artist interviews available
- Professional production stills (Hi and Low Res)
- Print Program
- Media Release
- Able to offer a ‘Relaxed Performance’ version of the show for families for people with Autism or who are profoundly disabled
- 233k combined market reach (2015+2016) through a number of supporting organisations including Ausdance Australia, Churchill Trust, DanceInforma, Accessible Arts, t and various media outlets
OPEN LEARNING PROGRAM:
- Family Show - All ages
- Saturday/Sunday matinee
- 45 minute sensory adventure + 45 minute show
Relaxed Performances are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment with a more relaxed presentation of the production. The DLT Relaxed Performance is a specially designated family performance with small adaptations made to; sound and light levels; show-length and has an open door policy. Prior to the show commencing guests meet the performers and partake in a group sensory adventure.
People who are on the Autism Spectrum, have high support needs or who prefer a less formal environment are especially welcome along with their friends, families and carers..
INCLUSIVE ARTS WORKSHOPS
An integral part of Murmurations work is providing access to all people to participate in the arts. Led by the DLT creative team, participants will develop skills in devised dance and theatre methods, activate new forms of artistic expression, work in a diverse creative environment and have a whole lot of fun doing so. Workshops can be tailored for; participants new to arts; highschool dance and drama students; and/or professional arts practitioners.
*Professional Development training in best practice inclusive arts methods is also available as an additional fee for service