Unearthed is a site-specific theatre and dance journey through a private home created by Ruhanie Perera and Sally E. Dean.
With ‘Unearthed’, the makers of the piece invited an audience on a journey through scenes of minimalist and absurdist nature, performed using text, movement, sound and costume.
One of the creative stimuli for ‘Unearthed’ was the writing of the American writer Adrienne Rich, who died in Spring 2012, in particular her ‘Twenty One Love Poems’ and her essay ‘On Lies, Secrets and Silence.’ The writing inspired the makers in their process to explore the idea of creating a theatrical poem on stage. The other significant exploration for the makers was the creation of the site-specific work. This adventure lead the makers on journey of not just engaging with the architecture and spatial dimensions of the site of a home, but also its history, its present and its spirit.
The performance of Unearthed was thus – in many ways – about journeys: journeys into and through inner and outer worlds of lies, secrets and silence, journeys through stories told through text and movement, journeys from the public into the private and journeys through spaces and sites.
Unearthed was first performed on December 1 and 2, 2012 in Kotte, Colombo, Sri Lanka. A rerun of Unearthed was held on the 16th and 17th of February, 2013 at the same location.