‘The Reckoning’ is a new chamber work by Michelle St Anne and Sue Jo Wright, with dance artist Imogen Cranna, ensemble in residence, Microfiche – a six-piece improvising ensemble whose music explores minimalist compositional processes to create both long-form and miniature works.

Inspired by recent publications by Sarah Ahmed, Jess Hill and Amy Remeikis, this work explores through the lenses of musicians, dance artists and a theatre maker why we remain wilfully deaf to the subjects that threaten the power of the powerful. ‘The Reckoning’ moves beyond instigating sympathy or empathy. Instead, it stretches our moral imagination so that individuals who find themselves in the toxic cultures of institutions discover empowerment through recognition and a collective voice.

Through music, performance, and Auslan, the Reckoning will facilitate a series of interdisciplinary collaborations exploring the ways that cycles of violence and fear endure and repeat. Using the body as a site for exploring structural violence, the Reckoning uses the metaphor of ‘hidden in plain sight’ to interrogate systems of violence in the every day.  

In a first time collaboration between Michelle St Anne and Sue Jo Wright, St Anne shares her framework for ‘composing self’ – an embodied practice of collaboration, constructing safe, collaborative and self-determined spaces where artists can take risks, extend their practice  and reckon with their own methodologies. The collaborative process between St Anne and Wright aims to develop a shared commentary on how we hear and what it means to listen by interrogating ableist tropes and the Deaf experience. 

Microfiche –  Max Alduca – double bass, Novak Manojlovic – piano/keyboards, Phillippa Murphy-Haste – clarinet/viola, Nick Calligeros – trumpet, Holly Conner – drums/percussion, Sam Gill – alto saxophone

Featuring – Eileen Camilleri, Marnie Van Vliet

Development is supported by March Dance 22, 107 presents, City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Brand X – The Flying Nun

Image: Imogen Cranna, Holly Connor, Cloe Fournier
Photo: Michelle St Anne