Nicole Hector – Artist In Residence

Feeling incredibly excited for the opportunity Power House Youth Theatre has given me, to have space, time and support in developing my first solo works, which will be presented at La Mama Theatre Melbourne as part of the spring season of “Explorations”. This works has steamed from a presented piece which was directed by the director of PYT, Karen T.  She supported me in creating a monolog which encapsulated my family history in and around the realms of; social, sexual and cultural identity. Following on from this, I have just returned to South Africa after 30 years and re-connected with my family history, having first hand experience of  the ripple affect, both the  positive and negative outcomes Apartheid and segregation created on society/ my family.

My experience out at FairFeild – Whoooo finally, a wonderful boost of culture in Sydney I got to experience in my 2 weeks.  Walking in the morning to the theatre I’d stop and get my $3.50 coffee and the most delicious sweet moralise.  Friendly community, cheap tasty food and a diverse environment which really was refreshing to the inner city hustle.

Working by myself was such a tricky experience, which of course taught me a lot and offered me a pathway in communicating the project with outside eyes. Having a space at PYT which is a constant hive of varies activities was refreshing while creating my work.

Melissa provided me with a solid supportive foundation and induction of the Theatre, giving me confidence to ask for assistants when needed, while Karen allowed a refreshing outlook on my work and helped me push through my own fears in creating a solo.

Without Boundaries offers insight and acknowledge of the ongoing affects, underlying prejudice and isolation in an apparent diverse and open community. Looking at the boundaries race, class gender and colour has on today’s world still. This work is a synthesis of Physical Theatre, Dance and Sound.

In developing this work I am looking into the idea of “The Oppressed becoming the oppressor”, Paolo Friere.