Alice rewritten (2013)
"Every record had been destroyed or falsified, every book had been re-written, every picture had been re-printed, every statue and street and building had been re-named, every date had been altered. And that process continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the Party is always right. I know, of course, that the facts are falsified, but would it even be possible for me to prove it, even when I did the falsification myself? After the deed is done, no evidence ever remains. The only evidence is inside my own mind, and I don’t know with any certainty that any other human being shares my memories" (Orwell, 1984. p 162).
Alice Rewritten is a participatory performance event, in which the audience is offered the chance to enter a world that has been created for them. A world where their identity will be tampered with, their memories falsified, and their histories rewritten. Alice Rewritten takes small groups through an experience which questions the ability of the institution to destroy memory and identity and the role this has in forming the future.
What would you do if someone was trying to rewrite your memory? To tell you it wasn’t true and it never happened or existed? Could you argue with them? Do you have any proof?
Designed and Choreographed by Sarah Poekert in collaboration with Joanneke Hopkins and Zara Rush
Performed by Zara Rush, Richard Parkins, Tom Hopkins, Harri Thorne,
Helen Esther Aschauer, Katie Sherrard and Lara Cowin
Sound by Jacob Kirkegaard
Photography by Matt Warner and Gianluca Vatinno
Presented at Trispace Gallery in October 2013