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Rest Area

S.J. Norman

Presented in Season 1 2018

Presented by Arts House for Festival of Live Art

4-10pm, Wed 14 Mar
4-10pm, Thu 15 Mar
4-10pm, Fri 16 Mar
4-10pm, Sat 17 Mar
12-6pm, Sun 18 Mar

One-on-one for 15 mins
$20 / $15

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


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Auslan Interpreted – 4 – 10pm, Fri 16 Mar

Please note, Rest Area will take place in the back of a truck. Whilst every effort has been made to be accessible, Rest Area is not a wheelchair accessible work. If you have any access questions, please contact us on 9322 3720 and we will work with you to curate a journey of Festival of Live Art so you can get the most out of your experience at Arts House.

Artist Statement:
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I want you to come in, to lie down – to hold me, just for a minute.

Rest Area is the invocation and repetition of a familiar desire and a familiar gesture. In the back of a stationary truck, discover an unlikely bedchamber, where you’re invited into a stranger’s embrace.

In a moment of fleeting closeness, audience member and performer enact a fundamental human desire: to hold and be held in the arms of another.

A much-loved signature work originally performed by Norman themself, Rest Area enters its second decade of life re-scored for a cast of diverse bodies. Simple and profound, Rest Area is a one-to-one meditation on longing, comfort, and the melancholy eroticism of loneliness.

S. J. Norman

Image by – Gerwyn Davies