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More Than Words Can Say

Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House, Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin as part of The Warehouse Residency 

Friday 26 – Saturday 27 August, 2022
7.30pm
All shows will be Auslan Interpreted

Duration
2 hours including Q&A with the artists

Tickets
Pay if you can $35
Standard $20
 
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Auslan Interpreting
Companion Card
Assistive Listening
Visual Rating 75%
Wheelchair Accessible
Assistance Animal
Quiet Space Available

Seven Deaf artists reflect upon their relationship with signed stories and Audism. 

Stories are the bedrock on which any culture founds itself, but how does their telling shape that culture? 

Deaf artists find themselves having to prove themselves as equals to their hearing counterparts every day, but this Audism ignores the potential that these artists have to create work that hearing artists can’t. 

Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin will work with five Deaf artists, throughout their Warehouse Residency to explore the significance and promise of signed stories. Their residency will create a culturally safe space to experiment, share skills and create. They will pay attention to the intersectional experiences of Deaf artists, from disability to culturally and linguistically diverse communities.  

The culmination of the residency will be a public performance evening and artist discussion that imagines the future of Deaf theatre and beyond.  

More Than Words Can Say, Photo by Ashton Jean-Pierre

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Artist Statement

This Deaf-led project will provide a culturally safe space for Deaf artists to explore their creative processes beyond the limitations of a hearing-centric world in spoken language. Collaborators, Catherine Dunn (she/her) and Sam Martin (he/him) are excited to provide a space to empower Deaf artists to thrive in their own language. What does Deaf theatre look like beyond access requirements? What can Deaf artists create without being compared to hearing artists? What can Deaf artists do that hearing artists can’t? We will invite Deaf artists to reflect upon their relationship with signed stories and Audism to present a reflective performance in a final showcase open to the public.

- Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin
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About the Artists

Catherine Dunn (she/her) is passionate about connecting people through her work both in the disability advocacy sector and as an emerging artist. Her art practice includes explorations through poetry (in both Auslan and English), physical performance and visual arts. Performance highlights include Auslan poetry titled ‘Am I Deaf Enough?’ presented by Flow Festival 2021. She was a collaborating artist in ‘Hearts Beyond’, creating visual artwork “Staying Apart Keeps Us Together’ for site-specific public art exhibition as part of FUSE Festival 2021 with Luke King and Dan Goronszy Arts. Inspired by her lived experiences as a Deaf Queer woman, she is driven to provide spaces where people feel empowered individually and collectively.

Sam Martin (he/him) is a Deaf Gay/Queer creative producer and director passionate about the many facets of identities, inclusivity, navigating English and Auslan, and empowering and encouraging Deaf and queer communities. He has worked and continues to work within theatre and film with a range of exciting projects. His award-winning short film “Deafying Gravity” was shown internationally and continues to tour nationally.
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Credits

Led by Catherine Dunn and Sam Martin in collaboration with performers.
Performers: Raquel Fasano, Dan Fox, Julia Murphy, Karthik Vijanandam, Franco Spadea
Mentor: Jess Moody
Lab Facilitators: Luke King, Jodee Mundy, Danni Wright

More Than Words Can Say is supported by City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Image Credit: Photo by Ashton Jean-Pierre

Image Description: Two people sit at a small dining room table intimately signing to one another in Auslan over popcorn and red wine. Their gestures are captured in slow motion, blurring in speed and emotion as they communicate.  

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