At a funeral reception, a grieving family attempts to commemorate a relative’s troublesome life. Overwhelmed by a torrent of sharp feeling, unexpected secrets, sealed frustration and forbidden loves agitatedly reveal themselves; and the family for better or for worse, is reborn.
This interdisciplinary piece explores family networks distorted by obsession, discontent confrontation and sexual abuse. Drawing from a variety of family-based dramas, the production engages with veiled relationships manifested in a pictorial symbolism. Through physicality, live music and text, a compositional story emerges, which debates family values and the damaging limits of our behaviour.
Investigating, as its starting point, the idea that family is a system of inherited mechanisms, this devised piece further delves into the notion of identity understood as a construction. It problematizes the concepts of identity and subjectivity, and asks whether the constructed self isn’t inextricably born of our familial inter-relationships, and why an individual might choose to adopt or refute a facade of normality in search of their identity. Confronting our inherited legacy is the generative theme of the piece, spanning from the personal to the universal and collective unconscious.