Seeing through Darkness by Restless Dance Theatre is a multi-disciplinary project directed by the company’s artistic director, Michelle Ryan, and draws inspiration from French artist Georges Rouault.
Michelle Ryan drew directly from nine of Rouault’s prints from the Miserere series and was, attracted to their ability to communicate a universal truth. She notes: “There is an unusual beauty to the work of Georges Rouault. The imperfect form of the body and the troubled soul of the work, resonates with how people with disability can feel and be perceived. Some may be confronted while others may see beauty and difference.”
Seeing through Darkness is an immersive experience for 6 dancers that is both a participatory exhibition and a 17 minute performance, collaborating with acclaimed lighting designer Geoff Cobham and composers Hilary Kleinig and Emily Tulloch.
Outside of performance times visitors can transform the space with their own shadow, cast in vibrant colour in overlapping arcs on the walls.
Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Restless Dance Theatre