Theatrical artworks in hurt and abandoned spaces
The Living Room Theatre creates sensory-rich theatrical experiences in hurt and abandoned spaces that confronts the pain and beauty of contemporary life and gives voice to the unheard and unseen. We obsess with suffering and how this seeps into the every day.
The Living Room Theatre is the artistic voice of Michelle St Anne finding its home in both traditional venues and in spaces hurt and abandoned.
For almost 20 years the company has delivered an extensive body of theatrical works with unique collaborations across genre, disciplines and industry. Together we obsess with beauty and suffering to give voice to those considered less in our society.
The Living Room Theatre is devoted to making poetics works that are beautiful to watch, to experience. Mixing theatre, movement, sound and film with text, the works collect the uneasiness of life and the random acts of cruelty, interweaving characters between life and desire, dreams and blurred reality. The result is an experiential landscape for the audience to visit and define for themselves.
The work is about the internal. The state of desire. The desire for something better. The subtext of everyday life.
The Living Room Theatre was founded in 2000 and is a DGR/TCC registered not-for-profit organisation.
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Michelle is an extraordinarily gifted Theatre Artist. Her work never ceases to amaze me for its power and originality. She is truly a most creative spirit in her continuing investigations of subject matter and the use of space.
Aarne Neeme AM
My works sits in the framework of ‘Composed Theatre’ – a philosophical lens which creates fragments of images, sounds, text that organises and reorganises, to evoke a circuitous environment where the viewer enters a constructed reality.
I manipulate time spaces at the junction of dream logic. I look to destabilise the real and the unreal worlds by bringing together contradictory artforms, media and seemingly disparate collaborators (and a couple of my beloved horses).
My early investigation into the compositional structures of orchestral music led me to ‘Composed Theatre’ – the result is a coded world of theatrical scores rather than scripts.
I ask the performers to play with the relationship with themselves in topography of space in time in rhythm
Obsessed with the state of suffering, I am drawn to work in spaces that feel hurt, bruised, violated. My themes of female desire, the universal desire for something better and the suffering of everyday life. Within these states we find beauty. The private celebrations distilled yet unsettled. There is always something that isn’t quite right.
My work is not about the straight narrative, nor about the theatrical arc but rather what is heart driven, illogical with the narrative meted out through image, light, sound and language.
…how do you go about teaching them something new? By mixing what they know with what they don’t know. Then, when they see vaguely, something that they think they recognise, they think ‘Ah, I know that.’ And then it’s just one more step to ‘Ah, I know the whole thing.’ And their mind thrusts forward into the unknown.
– Pablo Picasso, 1964
The Living Room Theatre Board
Helen Johnson (chair)
Michelle St Anne
Earth Hour Awards: She only cries at night
IDEA Award I Love Todd Sampson: Event
IDEA Award I Love Todd Sampson: People’s choice
Woodside Better Business Award with Ray Parslow, Extra Black
Australia Business Arts Foundation: Good Practice