Chamber Made Salon - The Nervous Atmosphere
Co-Presented by Arts House, Chamber Made and Zoë Barry
Thursday 7 September 2023
More detailed access information will be available prior to the event.
Free but ticketed
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Join musician and theatre-maker Zoë Barry, Associate Professor Jonathan W. Marshall and Chamber Made as they delve into the research and themes that underpin The Nervous Atmosphere.
Well before embarking on The Nervous Atmosphere, Zoë was fascinated by the work of 19th century French neurologist Dr Jean-Martin Charcot, whose studies in science, parascience, magnetism and mesmerism both entranced audiences and divided medical and scientific communities.
After her extreme encounter with nature, Zoë found that Charcot’s experiments with electromagnetism, and the promise of invisible forces to affect and heal nervous function, strongly resonated with her experience and symptoms.
In this fascinating discussion, Zoë is joined by Associate Professor Jonathan W. Marshall, author of Performing Neurology: The Dramaturgy of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot and writer Emilie Collyer to explore the ideas that fed Charcot’s work, and the profound experience that charges The Nervous Atmosphere.
This event is held in conjunction with the world premiere of The Nervous Atmosphere, presented Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 September 2023.
Jonathan W. Marshall
Moderated by Emilie Collyer
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About the panelists
Jonathon W. Marshall is associate professor and senior lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, where he coordinates postgraduate studies. Jonathan has published extensively on relations between nineteenth century neuropsychology and the histories of performance, including parascience, the hysteria diagnosis, neuromagnetism and other then popular concepts which continue to influence theatre and art today. Jonathan has written reviews and criticism of contemporary dance, theatre, music and performance for specialist and lay outlets for over twenty years, work appearing in RealTime Australia, IN Press magazine (Melbourne), 3RRR radio, The Conversation, Limelight, and elsewhere.
Emilie Collyer is a writer and researcher and is Communications Manager at Chamber Made.
The Nervous Atmosphere is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and Chamber Made, The Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. Conceived in 2019 during residencies at Lucid Art Foundation, Northern California, and Historical Damsite, New Mexico, the work was further developed in May 2022 through Arts House CultureLAB.
Image Credit: Pia Johnson
Image Description: Zoe is playing the cello against a black background. She has long, red, curly hair and is wearing a black long sleeved top.