From personal experiences of the isolation and silent grief that surrounds miscarriage, Danielle and Jo have created a moving exploration of loss using the body itself as the primary storyteller.
We believe this project will be a revolutionary combination of theatre and circus – a visceral and evocative performance in which moments of visual beauty will capture your hearts.
After a successful initial development and progress showing to industry peers, this project has quickly gained widespread interest and creative support. Bringing together both past and present Artistic Directors of Legs on The Wall as performing artists, Diagnosis: Gravity is a sleeping giant of creativity that needs to be woken.
According to Sands, ‘Up to 1 in 4 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks’. For such a common event, miscarriage remains shrouded in silence and is rarely discussed openly by either sex. This performance will give women a sense of community and address some of their fears and feelings of isolation associated with the loss of a child. It will beautifully combine circus and scripted theatre and incorporate both tenderness and comedy in its characters and storytelling.
Our story follows the daughter of two Russian immigrants on her journey from miscarriage to happiness. The cultural, familial and social burdens weighing her down result in a diagnosis of ‘Gravity’. What is it that will set her free?
This project will also explore the ways in which this discourse can become normalised as a result of theatrical constructs.
Donations will be used to fund the second creative development and first showing of the fully realised script at the Sydney Fringe Festival 2019. Your help will specifically fund artist fees, the fabrication of original apparatus and the purchase of required equipment. You will also be funding the fabulous Ms Debra Batton to fly interstate for development of the work.