Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


The Dreaming

Date: April 29th – May 2nd 2015 (various)
Facilitators: Scott Palmer and David Shearing

The Dreaming was an immersive, one-on-one performance developed from Peer Gynt (1867) where the audience members undertook an individual journey that was analogous to Ibsen’s eponymous anti-hero. Asking us to reflect on ourselves and our everyday experiences, The Dreaming aimed to explore what good a little “head in the clouds” might offer us?

The Dreaming (like Peer Gynt), presented a labyrinth which was filled with individual audience and performer interactions. Ibsen’s protagonist Peer, spends his life searching; trying to find the purpose of his journey; “forwards or backwards, it’s equally far”, looking for himself but not seeing himself. We wanted to create an antidote to the modern ‘heads down’ culture through creating scenographic spaces for our audience to look up from the screen and interact with other human bodies; to take a moment to dream, to contemplate and to wonder.

The Dreaming follows a long tradition of design-led, “immersive” performance work created by students at all levels of study within the School.

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