Creating art from autobiography

Using personal storytelling to inform performance art can have a profound effect on both the audience and artists who are creating the work.
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Luke Duncan King, The Green Room, 2017. Photo courtesy and © Aaron Christopher Rees.

Performers Kerensa Diball and Yuhui Ng-Rodriguez are friends and collaborators who have used a semi-autobiographical approach to make a live performance piece for Next Wave Festival, drawing on the social implications of whether or not to have children.

‘We’ve been working together since we studied at VCA and this idea came about a few years ago, said Ng-Rodriguez. ‘Kerensa decided she didn’t want to have a baby and I wasn’t pregnant, but thought it was something I would do in the future; it started as a personal journey between the both of us, asking the question of what it would be like for our lives to be different, but for us to still work together.’

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