“When I came here (to the place of displacement) ….”
Absence is a theatrical experiment with installation that confronts the voice of the woman, opening up the space for an audience to walk through the many strands of the story that is the experience of being displaced. The audience path or trajectory created through the form of the installation using live art allows for an audience to engage with the work as ‘walker’ rather than as ‘watcher’.
The performance marks a return to the voice of a storyteller and the different perceptions of history and memory as is framed in collective and individual narratives and invested in the body; the focus being resilience in the contexts of experiencing violence and freedom. It also asks questions about the performer’s practice, about fear and frustrations, about different truths and how we choose to tell them.
The performance was conceptualised by Ruhanie Perera, and was created in collaboration with Jake Oorloff, Tracy Jayasinghe and Iromi Perera. Absence was presented at Colomboscope 2013 on the 24th of March 2013 at the Park Street Mews Brick Studio on invitation by the Goethe-Institut .