the deafblind live art experience
“Beautifully disorientating; Imagined Touch is an amazing insight to the world of the other and our selves”.
Bruce Gladwin, Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre
Imagined Touch is a multi-sensory arts performance project exploring the fascinating world of Deafblind culture with its own tactile sign language, unique relationship to the senses, space and navigation of the world.
This project is a national first of this major scale, centred upon an outstanding collaboration with two Deafblind women, Heather Lawson, a performer and Michelle Stevens, a pianist. This has been in development since 2013, delivering thirty workshops and a three week creative development to four audiences.
Imagined Touch premiered at Arts House, Melbourne 7th-11th September 2016 and then presented at CarriageWorks, part of the Sydney Festival.
Recipient of the Green Room Award for Innovation in Experiential Theatre 2016.
"Never has the power of love, kindness and connection to fellow human beings felt more important in breaking the ties of social isolation". Australian Stage
Performers, Collaborators & Consultants Heather Lawson & Michelle Stevens
Auslan Tactile Interpreters & Performers Mark Sandon, Georgia Knight, Marc Ethan, Dennis Witcombe, Chris Dunn, David Pidd, Shane Mundy
Artistic Director Jodee Mundy
Set, Light & Visual Design Jenny Hector
Composition, Sound Design and Musical Direction Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
Stage Manager Jo Leishman
Assistant Stage Manager Mia Donnet Jones
Technical Manager Taran Ablitt
Production Manager Jenny Hector
Deafblind communications Consultant Dennis Witcombe
Producer Stacey Baldwin
PROJECT PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
Imagined Touch 2016 is assisted by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund', Besen Family Foundation, Able Australia, Arts Access Victoria, The City of Melbourne and Arts House.
Past development supporters