House of Sand have been making live performance work in and across a broad range of artforms and genres for five years now. In that time we’ve made twelve original shows, and have developed or presented work in five Australian states and New Zealand.
Our next work, and our most epic to date, is That Was Friday. We held the first development of That Was Friday in the before-times: January 2020, with a team of 15 artists from 6 countries and multiple Australian States, but we already knew it would exist at least partly in the digital space.
Now, under the travel and social restrictions of COVID we’re going to keep developing the work – this time entirely online. The team will work for a month, and we’ll develop a rehearsal room ready script so we’re ready and raring to get back into the dance elements and then onto the stage when we can once again travel and gather.
Created by a diverse international ensemble of artists with intimate personal relationships to transience, migration and displacement it uses live and digital moments of dance, episodic fictional scenes and autobiographical storytelling.
As a work about disparate communities – what it means to be transient, and what constitutes ‘home’ when you are – it makes sense to conduct development partly via video conference. It also allows us to work with artists from all over the world.
At the end of the development we’ll be holding and sharing for you – a Zoom performance for anyone and everyone to attend, of a play where the scenes are actually set on Zoom – sharing moments in the lives of a far-flung family, on all sides of the globe, struggling to find a meaningful sense of home, and connection to their family members both biological and logical. And while it’s not a work specifically about COVID, anyone who has had questions lately about what a community and a family means when they’re pixelated faces on a screen will find something to resonate.
Your support will help to pay our amazing artists – always important, this is more integral than ever now, when so many professional artists have lost all work for the foreseeable future.
Your support will help to keep artists housed and fed while we wait out the storm, and you can assured our time won’t be going to waste – we’ll be working hard on a deeply relevant new project to share with you online later this year and in person on the other side of the pandemic.
Head over to houseofsand.com and follow us on instagram and facebook @houseofsandarts to find out more about our work and this project. We’ll also be providing all the details of the sharing on all three platforms in a couple of months.