Imagined Touch is a multi-sensory arts performance project exploring the fascinating world of Deafblind culture with its own tactile sign language, unique relationship to the senses, space and navigation of the world.
This project is a national first of this major scale, centred around an outstanding collaboration with two Deafblind women, Heather Lawson, a performer and Michelle Stevens, a pianist. This has been in development since 2013, delivering thirty workshops and a three week creative development to four audiences.
The final stage development took place at Arts House as part of CultureLab, City of Melbourne from July 27th- August 14th 2015.
Imagined Touch is an immersive, sensorial pleasure. At once, disarming, charming, disorienting and surprising, it is a performance that opens up spaces within that one never knew were there”.
David Pledger, Artistic Director of Not Yet it’s Difficult
Performers, Collaborators & Consultants Heather Lawson & Michelle Stevens
Auslan Tactile Interpreters & Performers Mark Sandon, Georgia Knight, Math Ethan, Fiona Brindle, Chris Dunn, David Pidd
Artistic Director & Creative Producer Jodee Mundy
Set, Light & Visual Design Jenny Hector
Video Design Bosco Shaw
Composition & Sound Design Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey
Co-producing support Selene Bateman, Auspicious Projects
Associate Producer & Production Manager Rainbow Sweeney
Stage Manager Jo Leishman
Social Communication Haptics Consultant Dennis Witcombe
Producer Stacey Baldwin
Collaborators in 2014
Sensory design Charlie Ahrens
Auslan Tactile Interpreters & Performers Tyson Boal, Dennis Witcombe, Jinaya Myers, Medina Sumovic
Puppetry consultant Heath McIvor
Research Dr Ricci Jane Adams