AUSTRALIAN STAGE REVIEW | COLONY
March 14, 2016
By Emily Shaddick, 11 MAR 2016
Colony was launched at Carriageworks on Tuesday night. It is an on-going highly ambitious five-year project by Curious Works that aims to tell a universe of stories through video, music and theatre. Writing about Curious Works is an essay of its own. It is a collaboration of artists lead by S. Shakthidharan who aim to make storytelling their lifeblood. They tell narratives but more importantly they empower communities to tell their own stories in their own ways.
Colony will cross almost every realm of media as it traverses time to bring stories from the past, the present and the imagined future. Despite this grand time and space approach the whole project is grounded by its centre; Western Sydney and the community that lives there, both real and imagined.
The Colony launch night indulged us with the first three chapters of the story, When the Tide Comes In, told in three short films. The first film introduces us to two characters and what follows is as disjointed as it is intriguing. There are cords injected into arms, faces that express an untold story, a connection that is not clear, convulsions and death. Very little is explained in these films. You have to abandon trying to understand what is going on and just enjoy the story telling. There are no credits so the actors remain unknown as if they are not actors but actual people in a real and disturbing world. No cinematographers or directors or even music designers were mentioned as if they too were non-existent.