It Just Sort of Happens One Day

Category: Show Related artist: Thrive Dance

‘It just sort of happens one day’ explores how one creates a sense of home for themselves – settling and uprooting and settling again to be uprooted again. It is a work of subtle nuance where the performer invites the audience into the chapters of her life; taking them on a journey through various times and places as she seeks to find the meaning of ‘home’. The dancer uses a chair and a lamp, traveling around the space in darkness and lighting the lamp when she settles in any given area.

The audience are given the instruction that they must change their position during the performance and can move through and around the space as they choose. This allows the audience to experience the same uprooting and settling as the performer within
their own body.

“You’ll see when you move out, it just sort of happens one day one day and it’s just gone. And you can never get it back. It’s like you get homesick for a place that doesn’t exist. I mean it’s like this rite of passage, you know. You won’t have this feeling again
until you create a new idea of home for yourself” – Garden State

This piece is dependent on the space being able to be dark (doesn’t need to be completely blacked out, but near dark is ideal). Light is run by performer but access to power outlet is required

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2016
  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Performance area: minimum 6m by 6m
  • Approx. get-in / get out: 1 hour get in / 15 mins, get out / Option for run through preferable
  • Number. of people on road: 2
  • Workshops available: Yes
  • Scale: Small scale
  • Capacity: Under 500
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: Non-text based
  • Audience type: All audiences, all ages

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