The script borrows from the horror-film genre to explore inherited trauma in a way that connects with a pop-culture audience. Specifically, it investigates the ‘diasporic uncanny’ through the use of twins/doubles/the dislocated self/the path not taken, as twins are frequently symbols of both ‘union’ and ‘separation’.
It is influenced by Marianne Hirsch’s concept of postmemory, which “describes the relationship of the second generation to powerful, often traumatic, experiences that preceded their births but that were nevertheless transmitted to them so deeply as to seem to constitute memories in their own right.” The Dead Twin evokes the terror of being haunted by those we left behind.
The Dead Twin August 2015
Director, Performer Deborah Leiser-Moore
Writer, Producer, Dramaturg Chi Vu
Visual Artist Naomi Ota
Sound Designer Jacques Soddell
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Costume Designer Ross de Winter
Performers Alex Pinder, Davina April Wright, Harry Tseng, Daniel Han
Photographer Jave Lee
Video Artist David Meagher
Script Dramaturg Raimondo Cortese
The Dead Twin was proudly supported by Creative Victoria, the Besen Foundation and Tashmadada. We’d also like to thank Singing Bowl Media and the North Melbourne Arts House.
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