ROBERT REID / HISTORIES

“We characterise development historically as a kind of linear progression from ‘bad’ to ‘good’ to ‘better’. It is demonstrably not true. It expands, it contracts, it expands, it contracts. It is not a mechanical process. It is an organic process.”
– Robert Reid

In our first episode artist, historian and prolific contributor to Australian theatre, Robert Reid, joins hosts Jana Perkovic and Fleur Kilpatrick. The conversation gives context to this moment in performance history whilst looking to the future of documentation.

Welcome to Audio Stage, a podcast for conversations with performance makers, critics and academics.

In our first season, we tackle documentation and history. Documentation is a notoriously problematic aspect of our practice. Live performance is defined by its live-ness and yet a failure to record its intangible presence can result in a deep cultural ignorance. What we record is what we remember – if we remember at all.

In the next few episodes, We will be talking to historians, critics, artists, and programmers about selecting work, documenting work, remembering work and, thus, writing history. Enjoy, and stay tuned.

June 11, 2014