Our new multidisciplinary show – currently in development.
Aimed at teenage audiences upon completion this performance piece is trying to find means of self acceptance and self love in a world where unachievable beauty norms are dictated by social media and peer group pressure. This has serious consequences on our self image and mental health, causing a sense of isolation, self loathing and loneliness.
Why is appearance so important?
Is this just a way of distraction from what really matters in this human experience called life? Where are the real qualities and what do they matter in a world of “young and beautiful”? Is it fabricated to create the sense of isolation? Of never achieving a sense of being good enough?
The work will be fusing various disciplines a range of choreography techniques from contemporary dance, hip hop, movement with shadow to nowadays “TikTok” trend moves to relate to teenagers.
The diversity of techniques are to represent the contrast between the insanity and superficiality of social media world and the deep struggles of the soul.
As well as dance the final work is to include a variety of performance disciplines, circus and aerial, puppetry and object manipulation, physical theatre, and audiovisuals to change the scale of the scenes and to represent the magnitude of the issue.
Following an initial residency at North Edinburgh Arts in February 2020 the project and Jusztina Hermann is now awarded a week long residency at The Work Room in Glasgow 24th-28th November 2020 to work on the choreography and movement aspects of the show.
Future plans are to make an online version of the show, in the format of short videos to reach teenage audiences over TikTok, Instagram and other platforms.
The Creative Team:
Jusztina Hermann – Director, performer
Rachael Macintyre – Co-director, aerial and puppetry advisor
Nathan Johnstone – Choreographer
Nik Paget-Tomlinson and Niroshini Thambar – Music
Tomas Sheridan: Videography
Alberto Santos Bellido – Light / Design
“We are made of stardust. We are made of the same fabric as the multiverse, galaxies, planets, the stars.
We are here to shine, spread our light in search of connection, the brighter we shine the further our light goes, to give word of our existence.
To break the loneliness.
Sometimes I look at twin stars with envy, how they twinkle together in beautiful companionship. Yet even they are light years apart.
There is so much space in Space. So much loneliness.
Sometimes I feel I’m made entirely of darkness. A me shape shadow in the cosmos, utterly unheard, unseen, unmatched and unattached. So far away from everything.
Yet however distant, I’m still part of it.
I must be. A tiny, minuscule speck of stardust of the entire existence.
Like we all are. We are all in this together. Part of the Oneness, the cosmos, living a human experience as we soar through space in our body shaped spaceships.
Looking to connect.
Would I attract more, shine brighter if my body was more attractive? If I had even teeth, a different shade of skin, a few pounds less fat on my body or less bones sticking out?
And when these bones will be just bones will it matter?”