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The Folding Wife

Paschal Daantos Berry

Presented in Season 1 2010

Presented by Arts House and Mobile States. The Folding Wife is part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival.

7pm, Wed 26 May
7pm, Thurs 27 May
7pm, Fri 28 May
2pm,7pm, Sat 29 May

75 mins
$25 / $18

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


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Alone, equipped only with anecdotes, Grace breathes life into the two women of her family who have lead her to the Australian landscape.

The Folding Wife contrasts the iconic imagery of a fierce, impenetrable Australian landscape with that of the resilient Filipina. Three generations of women shared a goal: to leave the poverty and uncertainty of their homeland for the promises of the First World. Grace is a young Filipina woman laying her family to rest, packing them up in little boxes. There is Clara, the grand matriarch who remembers the opulent Philippines of the Spanish era, who finds comfort in an impeccable breeding. Her daughter Dolores is a disappointment, having given birth to Grace after a scandalous affair.

Writer Paschal Daantos Berry creates a series of narrative fragments drawing on the selected memories of Grace. In the folds and creases of her possessions, in the images and anecdotes about Clara and Dolores, she is able to unravel her own identity.

Deborah Pollard
Paschal Daantos Berry
Valerie Berry
Multimedia Artists:
Datu Arellano and Teta Tulay (with Anino Shadowplay Collective)
Lighting Designer:
Neil Simpson

Supported by – The Folding Wife is toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States: Touring Contemporary Performance Australia, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia.
Image by – Heidrun Löhr