My Life in Boxes unpacks the story of a pathological hoarder on the brink of being uprooted from her carefully constructed existence and placed into palliative care. Coveted items are unearthed, animating memories with magical realism as they take on new meanings in her final stages of life. Unfolding in, around and above the audience in an imaginarium, coloured by circus, movement and spoken word.
The inspiration for this piece stems from a curiosity surrounding the things we refuse to let go of. Where intangible things such as ideas, feelings, lifestyle, identity, self-image or habits, become irreplaceable. How we endow people, places and photos with those ideals to form, what can become, an insurmountable army of souvenirs all systemically thwarting the process of letting go.
Although originally based of a personal experience, difficulty of letting go and moving seems to be a reoccurring theme as of late. Where people are struggling with identity, not in the typical sense but struggling to adapt when their ideas of what their life would be like don’t go to plan. Do you give up on the idea – the dream – and accept changes to your identity or deny it and battle on. It’s not an identity crisis or not knowing who we are, it’s having very clear ideas but struggling if the life we are living doesn’t live up to that.
My Life in Boxes is an exploration of how long and how intensely you can hold on until, inevitably, you accept fresh air or suffocate at the hand of your own strangle hold.
4 Stars! – The Age
4 Stars! – Sydney Morning Herald
WINNER: Melbourne Fringe 2014 ‘Original New Circus’ Award!
By Tarah Carey
Directed by Maude Davey
Sound Design – Guy Dowsett
Performed by – Tim Rutty &Tarah Carey
Supported by Arts Victoria