Mess – Belconnen Arts Centre

1-2 October 2020
COVID-safe restrictions apply – bookings
No door sales

Director Natsuko Yonezawa delves deep into the psyche of Hikikomori – the phenomenon in which people elect to be socially and physically isolated. Mess employs physical theatre, dance and live sound composition and plays experimentally with the shadows and light found in isolation and self-made mess.

Barbie speaks with Mess director Natsuko Yonezawa and performer Christopher Samuel Carroll

It was the discovery that someone she knew in Japan had been socially withdrawn for 12 years that led her to develop a fascination with Hikikomori.

She sturied the subject intensely and has created performance art works for Ausdance ACT’s Escalate and Art, Not Apart. Mess will be the first full-length production directed by the 21-year-old Yonezawa, who will also perform.

The production is supported by assistant director and Belco Arts Live Programs Officer Chenoeh Miller, sound designer Marlene Claudine Radice, and performers Christopher Samuel Carroll and Miriam Slater, who are both trained in Commedia dell’arte and Japanese Butoh.

Each artist will explore his or her own experiences of solitude and isolation, something familiar to many of us in 2020.