What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD)
Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen
/Deep Soulful Sweats
Staring into our cultural inertia and the hypocrisies of trying to be good in the face of a climate crisis, What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) is a truly immersive experience questioning the complexities and complicity of contemporary Australia. Digging into the stasis that holds us back from doing anything, this dark, hopeful and irreverent cautionary tale reminds that now is not the time to sit back and watch.
Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats invite you to jump in the twin cab for a jaw-dropping ride through cultural detritus of colonial Australia in an unfolding eco-horror. Somewhere between mass games, film set and school play, you will play a vital part in a performance without spectators. Directed live, the entire audience move through a collage of drama, movement and narrative, heavy on the symbolism.
"...definitional, capstone works of the emerging generation of Australian choreographers "
Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen’s Melbourne Fringe work, What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD), drives into the space where feelings of powerlessness, urgency and futility compete with righteous clamour, denial and, dare we say it, plain old complacency. Indeed, in the very texture and weave of its construction WAISTD draws us into a spiral which can seem inexorable, where our choice is corralled (or maybe choreographed), and we end up as marionettes in a clap-a-long pantomime of looming horror [...] What Aiken and Jensen have brilliantly hinted at is the primal thrill we all get from the disaster drama.
Concept, choreography and performance: Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats
Collaborating performers: Claire Leske, Megan Payne, Alexander Powers, Ngioka Bunda-Heath
Additional performers: Daniel Arnott, Kyle Ramboyong, Tammy Bauman, David Maney, Jayson Patterson, Blim Dolan and Hillary Goldsmith
Design: Romanie Harper
Lighting Design: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Mentor/Outside Eye: Mish Grigor
Sound Design: Andrew Wilson
Stage Manager: Bindi Green
Photography: Gregory Lorenzutti
WAISTD was developed with the assistance of Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Fringe as part of the Take Over! commission. This project has been generously supported by Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo and Lorraine and John Bates.