BODY OF KNOWLEDGE

SAMARA HERSCH
SICK! FESTIVAL CATALYST COMMISSION

BODY OF KNOWLEDGE is an intimate conversation piece created by a group of teenagers and a team of artists, initiated and directed by theatre-maker Samara Hersch.

In BODY OF KNOWLEDGE, you are invited to join a conversation. This is a conversation between different generations that questions our assumptions about the body. In particular, it looks at sex education and forms of body knowledge (vs. embodied knowledge), addressing issues such as sexuality, boundaries, pleasure, intimacy, shame, grief, consent, ageing and death. It is equally a conversation about body politics as it asks how our bodies exist in relation to each other, to our collective future and to the borders that lie between us.

The work takes place for an adult audience with teenagers from different locations, phoning in from their individual bedrooms. This remoteness and distance raises questions of embodiment and disembodiment and asks how we pay attention (or not) to our own bodies and the bodies of others.

The inter-generational discourse that is set in motion forces us to rethink the multitude of ways in which knowledge is produced, acquired and shared. Power is re-organised and re-imagined. The teacher and the student, the adult and the child, the performer and the audience, begin to shift and entangle.

Together we are here, in this moment, trying to work it all out…

Lead Artist: Samara Hersch https://samarahersch.com

Dramaturg: Maria Rößler https://mariaroessler.work/en

Artistic Advisor: Mette Ingvartsen http://www.metteingvartsen.net

Set Designer: Belle Santos https://www.postpragmaticsolutions.com

Lighting Designer: Eva Alonso https://www.evagalonso.com

Creative Technologist: Fred Rodrigues http://www.fredrodrigues.net

Sound Consultant: Malu Peeters http://www.malupeeters.org

Production Manager (Europe) Isobel Dryburgh http://www.veronica.amsterdam

Co-commissioned by SICK! Festival in Manchester, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Carriageworks in Sydney.
An early version of this work was developed at DAS Theatre in Amsterdam. Special thanks: Edit Kaldor, Emma Rekkers, Tony Markus Sacharias, Richard Gregory, and my colleagues and staff from the DAS Graduate School.

Realized in the framework of Be SpectACTive! – CapoTrave/Kilowatt (IT), Artemrede (PT), Bakelit Multi Art Center (HU), Brut (AT), BUDA Kortrijk (BE), Cafè de las Artes Teatro (ES), Domino (HR), Divadelná Nitra(SK), Dublin theatre festival (IE), Göteborgs stadss kulturförvaltning/ Stora teatern (SE), Institution Student Cultural Centre (RS), Occitanie en scène languedoc-roussillon (FR), Plesni teater (SI), Tanec praha (CZ), Teatrul national Radu Stanca (RO).