19 June – 22 July 2017
Murmuration presented the world premiere of DAYS LIKE THESE, the latest work from NSW’s only professional adult integrated arts 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”.
Director, Sarah-Vyne Vassallo “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. 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; does the fact that we are all different make us 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.
Director, Sarah-Vyne Vassallo says about the project “We have had two developments of the work over 2015 and 2016 we are thrilled to be taking Days Like These into final development and presentation. 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
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.