DSP: Who are you in this world? What is your Normal?
One of constant effort to be heard, to inhabit a space in the disability arts and recovery sectors with both my arts and performative work, also with By Accident. Dedication is my normal. Transformation is my raison d’être.
DSP: Who were you at the beginning of this project?
ES: Unsure of myself, tentative with my ability – long disused as it was.
DSP: Who have you become through this project or by the end of the last show? What is your new normal?
ES: I am an effective performer again!
DSP: Through this process how do you foresee arriving at the next stage, if that was to become a reality? What do you want to normalise?
ES: Being supported to reimagine A Normal Child; the development has not ended, the discussions are yet to find resolution. I wish to normalise deep diving into the experience of disability to uncover the joy as well as the injustice.
DSP: What is paradise and what does it look like to you?
ES: Ease of communication and convivial relationships.
DSP: Is theatre / performance art needed in paradise? Why?
ES: Yes, because through it we see ourselves and the divine comedy of it all.
DSP: What does the butterfly symbolise for you? Is brain plasticity real?
ES: Metamorphosis resulting in beauty and flight. Hell yes.
DSP: What is the one thing people say about you the most?
ES: Focussed and driven and seek constructive feedback.
DSP: Name 3 to 10 survival things you have / need / would like to have in your tool belt? (for everyday, as an artist and in the bush)
ES: Thermals, socks, magnifying glass, mirror, pen, exercise book, camera/phone to take pics with.
DSP: Can you identify and share one pivotal moment, that was the turning point for you as an artist and a person in this project?
ES: The feeling of removal from the process I experienced when I appeared in not one of the promo shots for A Normal Child at Darebin Fest. It made me realise how intrinsic I thought I was to the play and how transient that belief might have been.
DSP: What was the hardest and the most fun or funniest thing in this process?
ES: Slowly rebuilding faith in my Self as an artist once more and Betty singing happy birthday in Sydney accompanied by the sense of the tight bond we all had ended up with after so long and so much.
DSP: Is there a fun fact about you, you would like to share here?
ES: Myself and my best friend attempted to take a page out of Stand By Me’s book and set up a ‘dead body’ outside of the Ashton Memorial Hall in the mid 80s while we were rehearsing for our end of year play. Turns out scrunched paper filled stockings attached to undergarments stolen from Mum’s draw aren’t that convincing.
DSP: Industry history, awards and other works that you would like to share, if at all!
– Instigator/Manager of Kaos & Fusion rave dancers from Adelaide in the mid 90s
– Free styling in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne night clubs
– 4 residential cabaret contracts in Nagoya, Tokyo and Yokohama,
– Girl Soup Skate Troupe
– Rollergirl and Freestyle dancer
– Producing Circus Skills weekend with John Hinton 2008
– Producing Roll Up Roll Up in 2009
– together with a follow on funded by the SA Government 2010
– Shows with Rag Theatre
– Developments with The Corner (Federal NSW) and Weave
– Embryonic Zombie Butterfly
– Jeremy the Dud
– A Normal Child