Sunday, December 14, 2014


We have been working on a long format, multi channel video project in the Shoalhaven Region, west of Nowra, NSW with mental health and intellectual disability participants from the area.  We have developed the project over six stages in the last year, staying at Bundanon’s Boyd Education Centre, meeting people and producing movement based art films that will be expressive of their personal lives and issues they face.  These psychological portraits are predictions of what the future may hold for them.  Articulating this through film seems to help develop a sense of taking control of one’s destiny through recorded enactment.  Most participants are filmed on blue screen which helps to transpose subconscious dream elements into a visual narrative.  This is done sensitively and intuitively and has been a great way to research a community living in close proximity to Bundanon’s natural and rural environments.  (This work is now on at the Shaolhaven Arts Centre, Nowra April 2016)

Filmmaker: Samuel James
Choreographer: Philip Channells 
Bundanon Trust Producer: Regina Heilmann 


..translating the film version which we did in early 2013 to a live performance at Performance Space presented a series of new ideas.  Thinking of turning the original filmic structures to a spatial structure, the audience moves episodically through four zones, using the space like a thoroughfare of the Falling Woman’s body. After being congested in an antechamber, the audience moves jury-like into a traverse space and observe objectively the Falling Woman’s journey.  She is drawn from dysfunctional three-legged chair choreography by the spells of a matriachal witness (Regina Heilmann) and is seduced and educated on the trials of womanhood.  Multi-level, mobile staging allowed for status play, a large net of chairs fell from the ceiling and was dragged out of the space, the extraction of a malignant presence.

performers: Alice Osborne and Regina Heilmann
conceived by Alice Osborne and Halcyon Macleod
production design and projections: Samuel James
live music and composition: Phil Downing
(the film version from 2013)
Carriageworks, Sydney 25-29th November 2014