The Hermit Project – Theatre Bristol

Listed by: Theatre Bristol
Contact: Ella Best (Email)

Facilitated by Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol is responding strategically and creatively to this period of isolation for artists (see an outline of our response here). As well as compiling resources and lobbying government on behalf of the freelance sector, we are centering our creative responses in an offering to help develop artists’ creative practice.

We invite you to join The Hermit Project. A project where we work on strengthening our creative practice in isolation.

Where, when, how?

We will meet for an hour session via Zoom once a week for six weeks. You can sign up by emailing [email protected] who will send you a Zoom link nearer the time. The first session is Wednesday 8 April, 10am-11am, then every Wednesday at the same time for six weeks. You don’t need to be available for every session. It is free to take part. Any practice, background and level of experience is welcome. The project will be lead by our Creative Director, Tessa Wills (see below for bio).

Here are some of the questions we’ll be asking about your creative practice:

  • What is at the heart of your practice?
  • Is there a way that translates into something you can do by yourself, and develop further?
  • What do you need to develop this practice?
  • How can you resource yourself to foster and develop your practice so that it is nourished?

Other questions which we might investigate:

  • What is the value of hermits to society and culture?
  • What is performance?
  • Is it still performance if no-one is watching?
  • Can you track what it feels like in your body as you move into a performance mode, even if no-one is there?

We will be posting relics from artists’ hermit practice using the hashtag #hermitproject on Instagram.

Tessa’s bio:

Tessa Wills is a British American Artist who works primarily in media and performance and has a background in music. Wills has worked with the full gambit of production size over her 25 year career, remaining committed to experimental performance. Her theatre work elevates flaws and wounds as portals; ways of staging humanity and connecting with the audience, and often integrates eroticism to charge the pieces. Wills’ work oscillates thematically between three hubs; the relentless pull of desire (what is it that you want?), the hermit archetype (who are you when you are alone?) and professional mourning (what, of your intimate labour, can you outsource?). Even when hermitical, Wills’ practice is socially motivated and fulled by interaction.

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