8 February – 11 March
‘Days Like These’ is a multi artform work exploring the familiar subject of tears and the varied ways we, as humans, express our emotions. Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher’s images of the microscopic structures of dried human tears has been the starting point for the research and development.
In the first stage development, the artists will collaborate through their shared experiences of grief, change, irritation and laughter. The movement and theatre investigations relate to both the seen and unseen intricacies in our physical and mental states. We will work closely with our digital media artist, sound composer and scenic artist to develop an immersive, virtual and sensory experience.
Fisher describes, “each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience”. The emotion causing us to cry – laughter, anger or grief – when dried and put under a microscope includes different and distinct molecules. The image of the tear in this way provides an interesting blueprint of the human psyche. Living with a disability is different from one person to the next and our lived lives are different from one person to the next. We want the work to expand and compress this universal nature of difference; does the fact that we are all different make us all the same?
Artistic Director Sarah-Vyne Vassallo
Artistic Associate Dan Daw
Performing Artist Melinda Tyquin
Performing Artist Brianna Kell
Performing Artist Matthew Shilcock
Performing Artist Jianna Georgiou
Composer Ekrem Mülayim
Digital Media Artist Imogen Cranna
Scenic Artist Stephen Metcalf
Secondee Chris Dyke
Secondee Karen Veldhuizen
Stromberg, J. “The Microscopic Structures of Dried Human Tears.” Smithsonian (2013). Accessed on: 16 January 2015. URL
Image credits: ‘Days Like These’ sharing, photos by Gisella Vollmer.