Postmemory

The Dead Twin explores a sense of alienation experienced by many immigrant families, particularly those who’ve fled from war. Migrants are invigorated by fresh opportunities that are available in a new country, and yet they are often still haunted by their previous identity. The intention is for the play’s themes of trauma & suppressed cultural identity to resonate with our audiences.

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

The Dead Twin was presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre, in partnership with Theatre Works and the Victorian College of the Arts. The performance featured FCAC’s historic Henderson House and its surrounds. This bluestone building was built in 1872 and has previously been a private residence and piggery. Tales of its former ‘gory’ days enhance the themes in this work, making it a perfect setting for a site-specific promenade performance on the inherited trauma of war.

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

Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre in association with Theatre Works and the Victorian College of the Arts as part of FLIGHT: a Festival of New Writing.

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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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