FACES is a collection of images and movement that aims to stimulate reflection and questioning on the subject of war. It deals
with the face as a surface of both the physical body and abstract identities. The work spans the dichotomies of past and present, intimate and distant, the faced and the faceless, ultimately returning to the fragility and impermanency of the human body.
In FACES, documents from the First World War’s Western Front are brought into a physical yet translucent world of overlapping images. Moving fluidly across a glistening surface, the performance continuously folds and manipulates body and object. Time is expanded and warped in this unpredictable space, as anonymous bodies
appear in and out of focus. We are reminded of the uncertainty of war and its traces as we are left to contemplate a distant yet ever present memory and its place in the modern world.
Choreographer: James Batchelor
Performers: James Batchelor, Chloe Chignell, Luigi Vescio
Sound Design: Morgan Hickinbotham
Illustrator: Dean Jones
Duration: 40 minutes
Venues: End-on seating theatres, secondary schools
St John Paul II College, April 6 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, April 7 – 10 2016
Amaroo School, April 8 2016
St Francis Xavier College, April 9 2016
Canberra Theatre Centre, Creative Victoria, Australian Government through the Department of Veterans Affairs