Dance & Physical Theatre

~~~~~ “...derelict in uncharted space...”

An intrepid homage to a Star Trek fan club through intersensory movement and space-time translations.

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A rectangular portal is framed by a radiant purple glow. Inside, an array of collaborative imagery has been collaged, mostly greyscale. A hearing aid is cradled in the palm of a hand, within a beam of light. This personal listening device is overlaid with an image of a radio astronomy telescope, its receiving dish pointed towards the sky. The receiving dish is supported by structural engineering in the form of a geometric scaffold. Above the dish, an antenna is held aloft. Its listening probe overlaps the central electronics of the hearing aid technology: micro and macro listening. An image of a white mobility cane has been overlaid diagonally across the hand. At its tip, its roller ball has been transformed into a glowing orb, emitting sound waves, signalled by concentric circles pulsing outwards. Another hand reaches into the frame, captured mid-expressive gesture. This hand is not greyscale but pale pink porcelain, and is smaller in scale than the hearing aid. On each of the three visible fingers, the nail tips are decorated with a maroon dot. In the top left corner of the image, there is a small window, also rectangular, framing an assemblage of shapes, suggestive of an imaginary glyph or letterform. The smooth, bevelled edges of the glyph lend an embossed 3D effect, so that the abstracted glyph appears to protrude from the image plane. The glyph incorporates rounded shapes, spikes that reach outward, like a crown, and a spiral whorl.

Image Credit: Lloyd Mst and Fayen d’Evie, with collaborative contributions from Nelly Kate, Rebecca Bracewell, Georgina Kleege, and Benjamin Hancock.

  • Concept by: Fayen d’Evie and Benjamin Hancock

  • Created by: Fayen d’Evie, Benjamin Hancock, Rebecca Bracewell, Luke D. King, Georgina Kleege, Nelly Kate, Andy Slater, Lloyd Mst, Jon Tjhia, Alex Craig, Anastasia La Fey, Aaron McPeake, Ashley Buchanan, Marco Cher-Gibard, Anna Seymour, Sheereen Perrin, George Thomas, Lorena Zapiain, and Sheri Wells-Jensen, in association with Antony Hamilton, Vitae Veritas, Bryan Phillips, Madeleine Flynn and Charles Gushue.

  • Commissioned by: Chunky Move and Melbourne Fringe

In 1974, an amateur Star Trek fan club in San Francisco launched Project Communicator, a non-profit initiative to bring the wonderment of Star Trek to blind audiences, through descriptive radio plays. For their pilot, they chose the episode ‘Is There In Truth No Beauty’, which guest starred a blind telepath character. Despite being endorsed by the Star Trek cast, and narrated by Trek actor James Doohan, Paramount perceived the project as piracy. The pilot was never released, and Project Communicator was abandoned.

In this world premiere season, a stellar collaborative of dancers, artists, writers, musicians, and designers pays homage to the creative innovation and collective ethos of Project Communicator. We invite you to join us for an ambitious movement performance that experiments with possibilities for inter-sensorial translations, beyond the boundaries of perceptual norms, and the boundaries of space-time

The live performance season will be adapted into an audio described radio performance season, to be digitally broadcast between 25 – 28 October via Digital Fringe.


Tactile Tour - Saturday 7 October, 2pm
Audience members are invited to attend a free Tactile Tour in advance of the live performance season. Led by Fayen d’Evie, the tour will be held at 2pm on Saturday 7 October at Chunky Move Studios. Blind audience members and those with low vision, as well as sighted audience members, are welcome to attend. For more info or to register to attend, please click HERE, or contact Chunky Move by emailing or calling 03 9645 5188.

About Fayen d’Evie

Fayen is an artist and writer, born in Malaysia, raised in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and now living in the bushlands of unceded Jaara country, Australia.

Fayen’s projects are often collaborative, and resist spectatorship by inviting audiences into sensorial readings of artworks. Fayen draws on blindness to propose critical and imaginative ways of navigating uncertainty and the precarious; handling the tangible, intangible, and concealed; and documenting ephemeral encounters through hallucinatory recall.

Fayen has exhibited at renowned locations including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, TarraWarra Biennial, and the State Museum of Vadim Sidur (Moscow), among others. She is a lecturer in the Masters of Communication Design programme of RMIT University, and is the founder of independent imprint 3-ply.

Project Supporters
~~~~~ “... derelict in uncharted space... ” has been co-commissioned by Chunky Move and Melbourne Fringe and supported by Arts Access Victoria as part of Radical Access. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory funding, and by the City of Melbourne through its Arts and Creative Investment Partnerships Program.
This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund as part of Radical Access and Cash for Equity as part of the Ralph Mclean Microgrants program.

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