• Artist with head in steel tub. white paper falling from roof. (colour picture)
  • Mid shot of performer in profile holding a metal bucket in both hands close to her chest looking into it (image in black and white)
  • 4 performers in wide shot. Man infront of 3 women all facing forward. man using a cane pointing up. (image in Black and White)
  • Performer using a wheel chair and performer standing on angle. lighting cast dark shadows across them both. looking to the left. ( image in clolour)
  • Mid shot of a young women in profile gazing into a hanging lantern, the room is black around her and her face is lit by the orange glow of the lantern.
  • Performer in Blue Dress. image is from waist up holding a tea cup whilst looking at the back of her hand. (image in colour)
  • Performer in full body shot. wearing grey dress holding a bag that is falling open (image in colour)

Second Stage Development

19 June – 22 July 2017

Murmuration presented the world premiere of DAYS LIKE THESE, the latest work from NSW’s only professional adult integrated performance company.

‘Days Like These’ explores the varied ways we, as humans, express our emotions and invites you to revisit and reflect on the best and worst days of your life. Drawing on the idea that our universal differences also make us the same, a creative team of diverse people will peel back their layers to share their stories of love, frustration, regret, joy and change.

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher’s images of the microscopic structures of dried human tears have been a point of inspiration for the work. 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. Rose-Lynn Fisher explains that the image of the tear in this way provides a compelling blueprint of the human psyche”.

Director Sarah-Vyne share, “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 the universal nature of difference; doesn’t the fact that we are all different make us also all the same?”

Murmuration creates work that not only challenges society’s view of what artists with disability are capable of but also proposes a new artistic aesthetic.

The work has had two developments stages over 2015 and 2016 the company is thrilled to be taking Days Like These into final development and presentation. Sarah-Vyne says “It’s time the world got to see what Murmuration is all about.”

Located at The Arts Centre Cootamundra (TAC) ‘Days Like These’ took advantage of the theatre space, gallery, multimedia technologies and studio spaces. The residency was the first of its kind in the arts centre, over the four weeks, the Murmuration Artists collaborated with TAC Cootamundra to facilitate creative learning workshops and community events, and embed ‘Days Like These’ into the beautiful venue that is a jewel in this regional Australian town.

To celebrate the artistic residency, Murmuration performed the devised work at TAC Cootamundra over three performances, with a Relaxed Performance on the Saturday matinee.

All guests started their journey through an experiential gallery space where they are invited to feel, smell, taste and connect with the concepts and designs of ‘Days Like These’.

Director | Sarah-Vyne Vassallo
Collaborating + Performing Artists | Melinda Tyquin, Matt Shilcock, Jianna Georgiou, Elle Evangelista

Dramaturge | Dan Daw
Composer | Ekrem Eli Phoenix
Digital Media Artist | Imogen Cranna
Installation + Set Design | Sarah-Vyne Vassallo

Project Producer | Cat Dibley
Production Manager | Matthew Osborne
Arts Manager | Jordan Vassallo
Company Assistant | Elly Matsumoto

The Tin Shed Theatre
The Arts Centre Cootamundra

Click here view the Days Like These open learning program.

 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.