Intel: Podcast Series - Episode 3
Topic: Showing up for each other
Publishing date: Thursday, 7 May 2020
- Samara Hersch: Community-engaged contemporary theatre-maker
Listen as Samara Hersch asks and answers questions about the difference between digital and live experiences, the way time moves on the web and how we can keep showing up for each other during this time.
Theatre-maker Samara Hersch was pitching her work We all know what’s happening made with collaborator and friend Lara Thoms at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) in February this year. Samara had flown in from Amsterdam, where she now lives, for her first ever APAM pitch. En route back, she was to make a pitstop at Singapore to work with The Theatre Practice and facilitate conversations with young people there as part of her ongoing work Body of knowledge, supported by Australia Council and the National Arts Council, Singapore. Alas, COVID-19 hit, borders closed, flights halted and Samara is currently stuck in Melbourne. She shares how she facilitated the conversation with young people anyway, from her bedroom!
Samara chats through questions of distance, proximity, presence and absence in her practice and the very real need to keep showing up for each other during this time.
Image credit: Samara Hersch, We all know what's happening. Credit: Byrony Jackson
Sound design: Sudeep Lingamneni and Marco Cher-Gibard
Editing and mastering: Jonnine Nokes
About the INTEL: Podcast Series
The Australia Council’s INTEL: PODCAST SERIES is a peer-to-peer market intelligence resource designed to inform and upskill the arts sector on ‘live’, best practice, and innovative approaches to international engagement. The series spotlights guests who are actively forging pathways for the internationalisation of Australian work, and who continue to work within a cross-cultural and cross-border capacity.
Nithya Nagarajan: International Market Adviser, South and South East Asia
Samara Hersch is a theatre maker, director and teaching artist whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. She recently completed her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam.
Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy, particularly through imagining new performative frames for non professional performers and audiences to inhabit.