About BHAWITY

Welcome to between here and when I tell you - a program of online performance experiments, encounters and events.

What started as a research-led exploration by Union House Theatre (to investigate creative practice during a time of lockdown) became a multi-dimensional community of makers, thinkers and performers creating something significant together. Through investment in practice and one another, the between here and when i tell you project involved workshops, mentoring, conversations, peer-learning opportunities and of course, the digital art outcomes which you see on this web-stage. 

what is a web-stage?

A web-stage is a made-up term, given to a fancy website which hosts the digital works from members of the Dirty Laundry Collective. It is a prototype for online performance, a hub, an invaluable site of activity and resources to share amongst other early careers artists and students.  

Borrowing in part from the dramaturgy of attending a live theatre, our web-stage hosts digital performance experiments. You can engage as a whole experience, a time capsule or something to explore in your own way. There are no rules. It is set up to offer you something interesting – regardless of which way you engage. 

The Dirty Laundry Collective

Talking about this project means focusing on the artists who are the Dirty Laundry Collective (or DLC).

The DLC is a group of young people from the Union House Theatre (UHT) community who expressed specific interest in continuing to create work during a year when the usual channels of collaboration, community and creativity weren’t available.

With the support of UHT and a broader group of professional artists, they grew to stand as their own entity; a matrix of connectivity, inspiring independent emerging arts practice. They supported one another to keep engaged throughout most of 2020 and (we hope) beyond.

 

For most of these artists, whose performance and movement practices are devised collectively within the theatre, the form of digital art that they have created is a transitory experiment. Some of the DLC artists have discovered a sanctuary within digital forms that they never would have experienced. All of them found new ways to practice and new modes of making.

– Xanthe Beesley, Project Facilitator and

Union House Theatre Artistic Director

A figure covered in a pile of clothes lies on their side and looks at their phone. Their hands and feet poke out from the pile.
Nine people in a Zoom meeting smile out at each other
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We would like to thank the University of Melbourne Theatre Board and the Creative Arts office of UMSU for additional support in the realisation of this project. 

This work was created with the invaluable support of Union House Theatre. XB, you brought us together, showed us the tools, and gave us the push we needed. Thank you.