As a theatre devisor and director, my primary motivation is to instigate a field of transformation, to encourage artist-creators-performers and audience members to wake up from the everyday humdrum and to see the world from different perspectives with new possibilities. To achieve this, I base my performances in articulate physicality, in the specificity of the performers’ use of their bodies and their relationship to the space (often non-conventional site-specific spaces). Additionally, the performance event questions the audience’s relationship to the space and to the performers, intending an intimacy and directness in communication between performers-audience, where the performance exists in this space of relationship/dialogue between them.
Themes that interest me often include an activist component of challenge to audiences, such as in previous work: the sexuality of powerful women, the city dweller’s conflicted relationship to nature, the place of spiritual seeking in post-modernism, the resistance to the pressures of consumerism, the cycle of women’s erotic experiences in patriarchal society. The intention is to pass the messages and queries of each piece to the audience both through the formal elements of the composition as well as through textual, thematic ‘content.’ I’m a big believer in ‘form is content.’ And the forms that I find most interesting for shaking up the audience include: performers’ physical vigor and specificity, ensemble coordination, composition that grows out of improvisation, live music and soundscapes, deep connection to and articulation of text, group creation of poetic imagery and use of objects. In most processes, we also work with ensemble training as a basis for group cohesion and communication, as well as group research and development of the subject matter in order to create from a collaborative pool of ideas.
More and more, I am interested in work that is created through the co-intelligence of the ensemble, where the director may be the delicate captain of the ship and the performers/co-creators the strong, opinionated crew, and the joint vision the sea that we are all riding on and creating together. Such work takes time and commitment, both for the research and development of original devised projects with a clear and impactful dramaturgical throughline, and for the training and cohesion and trust-building of the ensemble, all of which I intend to develop further with a core group of committed collaborators.
— Angela Delichatsios