Co-created and performed by Saskia Ellis
Co-created and sound by Wytchings (Jenny Trinh)

Enthralling realms of our neurologies displayed in reclamations of softness. 

Spoons cultivates coalescent sensorial equities with tactile and tangible realms of observation and participation. The realms of our captivating and enthralling neurologies and identities displayed in reclamations of softness. Where hearts are returned to our bodies and our exigencies are melded with our surroundings. A soft space to wander, to wonder, to listen, or lay, or play, stimming and settling and surrendering.

Spoons is a multi-sensorial immersive performance, endeavouring to layer sensations that curate equitable accessibility to engagement. Spoons will provide a soundscape, movement, tactile objects and installations, and space to walk, sit, stim, witness, touch, converse, have described, listen, leave, or return. 

'Spoons' evolved as a desire to provide arts spaces and performances that were by and for disabled people, and prefaced reclamations of disabled joy and softness as a form of resistance above relying on the emotional labour of our shows to educate the not-yet-disabled audience members. Throughout a multitude of realms i (sas) have been inquisiting ways to genuinely incorporate accessibility into aspects of performance / installation, so that they might be intentional and enjoyable considerations, and not just additional translations that need to be tacked on or translated!! and in the making, it has become a super dreamy space for all the crips and queers and Others and outcasts and all and any most marginalised to have a genuinely curated space to explore and be included in equity. And thus with it, inevitably, comes the grief, the tears, the aches, the surrenderings, the vicarious and broken dreams, the community, the loving, the holding, and the dreaming. Spoons, is from us to you. And we hold it together.

Spoon Theory © Christine Miserandino, 2003. 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

SASKIA ELLIS (they/them) is a settler to so-called Australia, and a multidisciplinary genderqueer and disabled artist. They are currently based on Gadigal, Dharug, and Dharawal Land. Saskia presently inquires of illimitable orthogonality in tangible, physiological, and ephemeral encapsulations. Reclamations of softness, and the endeavours to redefine, repurpose, and relocate homes for our bodies and nonlinear anthologies. 
 
Saskia prefaces a multidisciplinary approach to intersectionality and accessibility. Taking care to cultivate inquisitive, equitable, and intentional; language, movement, improvisation, installation, and theoretical embodiment. Curating ever expansive, equitable and inclusive understandings of each and Otherness. 
 
Through SpIn centred approaches, Saskia endeavours to constellate realms of multi-sensorial immersions. (returning to) worlds where we may reclaim escapism for the realms in which we are to innately reside in humanness.

Saskia graduated Sydney Dance Company’s PPY in 2021. Their work rests in movement, performance, language, film, and tangibilities. They’ve scattered their works, contributions, and collaborations amongst Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, Riverside Theatres, Catapult Dance, March Dance, MerrigongX, The Flying Nun by BrandX, Sydney World Pride, and FIDCMX (Mexico City).

JENNY TRINH (she/her) is a Western Sydney artist and Wytchings is her project. Growing up, Jenny would often be found in the art room, headphones on and doodling until the blank pages of her sketchbook were filled up. Those times with her head in the clouds always brought her comfort – she has always been enamoured by the teleportive nature of music.

In 2018, she participated in New Age Noise (formerly known as All Girl Electronic) where she explored electronic music production properly for the first time, creating dreamy, film-inspired sounds evoking that of space and water. She has also performed at a variety of shows from debuting at 2019’s ‘Club 4A’ to 2022’s ‘Essential Tremors’ curated by Liars’ Angus Andrew. Furthermore, she has collaborated with a number of other wordly artists like Red Rey, Saskia Ellis & Jada Narkle to create accompanying soundscapes for their movement pieces, which have been showcased during programs including Soft Centre, Sydney World Pride, Yirramboi Festival and Marrugeku.

Her debut EP ‘Neptune’ was released in 2019 and her second EP, 'Oculus’ was released in winter 2020 via Lazy Thinking Records. The final chapter of her 'Neptune’ trilogy – 'Psamathe’ was released in spring 2022, and it features the single “Fata Morgana” which was nominated for 'Song of the Year’ at the FBi SMACs Awards 2022.




Image description: Access symbols displaying wheelchair accessible, Guide and Service Animals welcome, Relaxed Performance, and Tactile Tour. 

TICKET INFORMATION

Dates: Friday 8 Mar and Saturday 9 Mar @ 8pm

Tactile Tour Friday 8 March @ 6.30pm

Price: $25 or $20 with an Artist Pass (contact acc[email protected] for financial hardship and Mob Tickets)

Running time: 60mins

ACCESS

Tactile Tour Friday March 8 @ 6.30pm prior to 8pm performance. To book for Tactile Tour please contact [email protected] or call (02) 8029 9068.

'Spoons' is a Relaxed Performance, wheelchair accessible, and Guide dogs and Service animals are welcome at every performance.

If you would like to book companion card tickets at no additional cost, please state in the access requirements box when booking your ticket. Alternatively, please contact [email protected].

A Brand X team member will be in touch to confirm your requirements.
Access information on the venue, please CLICK to watch this video explainer.

Please note that there is no Tactile Tour before the Saturday performance. 

Please note that the following will not be included in the show: 
- No strobe lighting
- No haze
- No loud or sudden noises 
- No bright or harsh lights
- No lockouts 

CONTENT WARNINGS

There are no detected content warnings applicable; for any specific information on the show, please feel free to contact the artist with any concerns, enquiries, specifications, or clarifications.

HOW TO GET THERE

Car: On-street metered parking around the venue.
Bus: Oxford Street 2 minute walk (333, 373, 399, 392, 394 and M10 buses).
Train: Museum Train Station 10-minute walk.


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Ticket Quantity Price
Friday, March 8 - 8pm

Friday, March 8 - 8pm

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Saturday, March 9 - 8pm

Saturday, March 9 - 8pm

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