SK!N is the boundary of our bodies. It is the membrane that helps us distinguish what is us from what is not us. It is the uncrossable border between our bodies and the other’s alien body. Paradoxically, in the moment of contact between two bodies, when we attempt to go beyond our borders we are affronted by a stronger affirmation of our own identity.
SK!N is about migration and how, when and why we are allowed to freely cross borders whilst others have their movements restricted. It is about the lengths that people go to in order to survive or better their lives. It is about the dehumanising trade of people: it is winners and losers. It is about how we, the privileged, actively and passively, consciously and subconsciously, benefit from and then distance ourselves from the plight of others.
By coming into contact with the other, by coming face-to-face with the other, our identities are forged and given meaning. With this work, we try to bring the audience into contact with the other so that they better confront themselves. This has been our process as much as we hope it is the audiences’. We do this in order for us to better understand what we share and what we don’t share, and ultimately whether those differences are justified.
This is an immersive and participatory event. Audience members will be led to outdoor locations near the venue and are encouraged to travel light and wear comfortable clothing appropriate to local weather conditions.
Suitable for persons above 12 years old. Atmospherics, Strobe lighting & loud music.
Not wheelchair friendly.
Founded in 2004, TerryandTheCuz have since established themselves as a company with a truly global appeal. They have designed, written, directed and created work for theatre, dance, puppetry and art installations for companies, governments and festivals across Asia, America, Europe and Australia.
TerryandTheCuz strive to write, create and design intelligent, humorous, passionate, visceral productions that reflect and engage with our changing society, and attract newer and more diverse audiences to the arts. They seek to constantly develop and extend their collaborative performance-making practice with artists both local and abroad, to find new forms, voices and narratives in all their endeavours.
In Malaysia, TerryandTheCuz have written, directed, designed and produced ‘My Lingam Speaks’, ‘Klue,Doh!’, “The Bee Project’, ‘Flatland; An Adaptation in Dance’ and ‘Welcome2Flatland’ an Interactive Public Art Installation, ‘SK!N’ a work in contemporary performance based on true stories about Human Trafficking and most recently ‘Colours of Malaysia 2017’ for the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. They are currently working on their Off Broadway premiere of ‘Thicker Than Water’; a new work in theatre, a contemporary Malaysian adaptation of Hamlet, a graphic novel/augmented reality project titled ‘UnderKL’ and the International tour of ‘SK!N’.
In Australia, they have collaborated, created and worked on projects such as ‘Avast and Avast II The Welshman Cometh’, ‘And They Called Him Mr Glamour’, ‘I Feel Awful’ and ‘Doku-Rai’ projects in theatre by The Black Lung Theatre. ‘Thyestes’ by Malthouse and Belvoir Street Theatre, ‘Welcome To Thonnet’ a book launch by Martin Blum for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012 and The Brisbane International Festival 2013. ‘Tidefolk Fiction’ a contemporary dance performance by James Welsby in conjunction with The City of Melbourne and Melbourne Aquarium. ‘Goodbye CSIRAC’ and ‘Physical Fractals’ contemporary works in performance art as part of the 2012 Next Wave Festival, ‘Room 222’ and ‘Act 3’ for the Australian Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, ‘Bali Agung’ for Taman Safari Indonesia, ‘Colours of Malaysia 07 – 09’ for the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, ‘Come Away’ and ‘SONG’ experiential works in performance by Ranters Theatre and ‘In Two Minds’ and ‘Rainbow Vomit’ for Dance North.
‘SK!N’ is proudly supported by the Abbotsford Convent. TerryandTheCuz would like to acknowledge Multicultural Arts Victoria as the Community Engagement Partner (Victoria) for ‘SK!N’.
Thursday 1 March 2018, 9 pm
Friday 2 March 2018, 9 pm
Saturday 3 March 2018, 6 and 9 pm
58 View Street, Bendigo 3550
$35 | $25 conc | $20 preview + booking fee
Project Support: Australia Council
Touring Support: Creative Victoria
Community Partner Malaysia: Tenaganita
Community Partner Australia: Welcome To Australia
Community Engagement Partner Victoria: Multicultural Arts Victoria
Project Seed Funding: National Department of Arts and Culture (Malaysia)
Technical Solutions: The Rubix Cube
Presented by: TerryandTheCuz