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Applespiel

MERRIGONGX 2021 Artist Profile

About

Applespiel evApplespiel evolved out of a shared interest in contemporary performance and a desire to develop a collaborative creative process. The collective makes work that places cultural phenomena and forms outside of those traditionally shown in theatres on to the stage, in order to deconstruct their more unsettling aspects. Applespiel met at University of Wollongong, and have always found Merrigong to be a rich environment for experimentation and play. Applespiel are Simon Vaughan, Nicole Kennedy, Emma McManus, Mark Rogers, Troy Reid, Joseph Parro, Nathan Harrison, Rachel Roberts and Solomon Thomas.

Artist Statement

Over the past few years, internet apologies have become their own cultural phenomenon: YouTube influencers and social media personalities seeking to outdo each other in sincerity, emotion, and self-flagellation. In Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, we sought to explore this peculiar world of internet apologies, and found ourselves exploring a much larger conceptual arena – one which stretched from intimate, personal apologies, to corporate attempts at saving face, to landmark political and social moments. We’ve talked to historians, speechwriters and restorative justice workers. And watched a lot of YouTube.

This project requires us to experiment with form and find the choreography and exhaustion of performed apologies. We’re using apologies that are written, performed, broadcast, filmed and edited – we want to bring those processes into a live theatre space in a way that is tangible and reflective. With a range of skills in performance, writing, directing, movement, music and tech, we’ve worked hard at developing a very open process where these elements will lead us to unexpected places. And if we fall short, at least we’ll know how to sound sincere.

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