Unfamiliar Online – Excerpts and Industry Panel Discussion
Are you an artist looking to explore live art and theatre performance online? Having originally created Unfamiliar for the stage, theatre maker Victor Esses (Where to Belong) and visual artist Yorgos Petrou are currently rehearsing for a virtual tour of Unfamiliar Online, a new adaptation of their piece Unfamiliar created and performed in their home.
In this panel discussion, they and other artists and theatre-makers (guests TBC) offer insights into their process and invite you to share yours.
Unfamiliar Online will be touring (virtually) throughout November. Full dates at victoresses.com
What is a family? Where does it come from? Can we make our own?
Victor and Yorgos recently made some big plans, and they don’t know if they are ready for them. One is to make a show together, the other is to have a baby…
Unfamiliar is a frank autobiographical performance combining text, movement and found objects to explore received and created narratives, legacy and being queer today. What do we need to do to live the life we always wanted?
NOMINATED FOR LUKAS AWARDS 2019 and shortlisted for Zealous Stories: Performance Prize.
Frank, intimate, layered and highly emotional – Camden New Journal
Inspiring – The Protagonist Magazine
Written and performed by Victor Esses and Yorgos Petrou
Outside Eye: Mikhail Karikis
Movement Director: Rhiannon Faith
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, The Pleasance, The Marlborough, Applecart Arts and Finnish Institute London. It was selected by Brighton Dome’s The Works where it received dramaturgical support, scratched at The Basement and Barbican Centre – part of Fertility Fest.
Kindly supported by Arts Council England and Ministry of Culture of Cyprus.
Victor Esses is a Theatre and Performance Maker working with live art, storytelling and autobiographical material to investigate belonging and human connection for imagining and creating better futures.
He is Associate Artist to CASA Theatre Festival, has been nominated for an International Press Award, and has been associate director to maverick international director Gerald Thomas. His piece Where to Belong was shortlisted for an Emerge Performance Prize, it was developed and supported by CASA, and presented at Southwark Playhouse and Rich Mix.
Performance/Maker credits include: Sound of Us (Vilnius, Tallin Larp Festival, Theatre Deli) a larp about ideology and music; Dis Place (CPT, Arts Admin, Latitude Festival) a theatre game about immigration and democracy; and Codependently Yours (Arcola Theatre Lab, VFD, Albany) performance piece with music and poetry supported by Arts Council England
Directing includes: Venus Flytrap (Theatre 503, performed by Jonny Woo), Tapped Out! (Tristan Bates) and The Last Days of Gilda (Arcola Theatre).
Performing includes: Tunguska Event – History Marches on a Table (Whitechapel Gallery) and Faraway, So Close (Old Fire Station).