Director: CASSANDRA FUMI Performers: EMILY GODDARD, MARGARET MILLS with a Teenage Chorus Dramaturge: VIDYA RAJAN Collaborator/SM: TENNESSEE MYNOTT RUDLAND Composer: CHRISOPHER BOLTON Designer: DANN BARBER Producer: NATALIE SMITH
...she joined the chorus of the sea-doomed and sung the song that only sirens do, thrashing her tail and howling for herself.
‘Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves.’ – Adrienne Rich
The Mermaids is a devised work, a reimagining and reclamation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, based on verbatim retellings from female-identifying teenagers. It is not an adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Rather, we will use the story as a framework to explore wider myths about women and how these impact our perspectives on gendered behaviour.
Will will work with teenagers from the community, asking them questions about The Little Mermaid. When they first heard it, what they think about it and whether or not they believe stories like it have impacted them. Their interpretations of the story will create the basis of the show.
Each night, a different audience member will be invited to join the performance, guided through a pair of headphones. In asking an audience member to perform, we are challenging them to navigate a strange new world, just as the little mermaid does. This blurring of the spectator/performer boundary allows us to explore the idea that we are all storytellers, responsible for the narratives about womanhood we tell and internalise.
CURRENTLY IN DEVELEOPMENT 2019
The Mermaid (Storyboard)
Development Stage 1: Darebin Arts
WINNER: Best Emerging Performance Ensemble Melbourne Fringe 2018
directed by Cassandra Fumi dramaturg: Alice Fitzgearld performed by: Simone French, Alex Roe & Adam Ibrahim drummer/performer: Cassandra Kumaschow designer: Dann Barber stage manager/show manager: Tennessee Mynott-Rudland producer: Natalie Smith
DOG SHOW transforms the theatre into a dog show arena. It is a hybrid piece, a mongrel bred from the irreverence of clowning, the glamour of drag and the absurdity of physical comedy. It’s an inter-species pageant where actors transform between dogs and their owners.
Melbourne Fringe Hub - Warehouse Sep 14 - Sep 22, 2018 (SOLD OUT SEASON) Falls Festival The Village - Marion Bay, Tasmania Dec 29 - Jan 1, 2019 La Mama Explorations 1 - 3 December, 2017. (First Development)
“Look beneath the surface and you'll find that Dog Show has plenty of bite in its hilariously camp bark.” Myron My Full review: https://bit.ly/2y2cQEW
★★★★ “It offered a fresh perspective, an interesting style of storytelling and actors extremely talented in physically demanding performance.” Full review: https://bit.ly/2zIgeqH
I can't imagine seeing a funnier, more creative and more original show than I saw last night in Dog Show. Full Review: https://bit.ly/2zGN0si
Nadja is a devised adaptation of André Breton’s 1928 surrealist novel. His autobiographical story depicts a series of eight encounters he has with a woman, he names, ‘Nadja’.
Our adaptation dismantles the mobile mantle of a woman's life, a life that was called Nadja but may have been mine, (or maybe yours.) A trifocal troupe of artists animate consenting objects in a contract to expand and condense time.
An ice installation melts throughout, fish swim in circles and windows turn red. Expect to witness the annihilation of women, cis males and acts of entitlement.
We want to take our audience on a series of marvellous steps to free ourselves from societal norms and expectations.
Directed & Adapted by Cassandra Fumi. Flavia Bertram as Nadie. Ayesha Tansey as Nadja. Edmund Digby-Jones as André Breton. Pics by Alex Brenner.
Thursday 3 - 8 November, The Cockpit, Marylebone, Part of the 2016 Voila! Festival.
17- 19, November, HTH Arts Centre, Part of the 2016 Imp Festival.
Supported by HTH Arts Centre & The Cockpit Theatre
Pics Alex Brenner
The Places You'll Go
WINNER: Best Theatre Weekly Award - Week 3 Adelaide Fringe 2017
The Places You'll Go is the spiritual successor of Dr Seuss classic. An ensemble uses heightened language, physical humour and loud caricatures to tell this story of a journey. It's an ode to millennial woe and interrogates society’s struggle with success, self-worth and addiction to stuff.
Written by Hila Ben Gera Directed by Cassandra Fumi CAST: Tom Halls, Grace Lowry, Sean Rees, Alex Roe & Hila Ben Gera. Music by Shai Fishman composer of The Voca People. Prop Design by Natasha Lacey Production Images by Delta Stinton
MARCH 1–4th, 8-11th, 14–17th, 9pm. MARCH 7th 7:30PM 128 KING ST, The Garage International at Adelaide Town Hall
★★★★★ “Positively quirky and as captivating as it was unpredictable…without a doubt brimming with talent” - The Adelaidian. Full Review: http://bit.ly/2mn9lEJ
★★★★ “This show is not like others! one to try out for adventurous theatre folk” Glam Adelaide. Full Review: http://bit.ly/2n7TSXj
★★★★1/2 "Fumi’s direction is focused on flowing, highly disciplined choreographed physicalitypowering the work" The Barefoot Review. Full Review: http://bit.ly/2nHvxYP
Splice /splʌɪs/ is a jointed exhibition between Becka McFadden, Andrew McGibbon and Cassandra Fumi. It's part performance, part photographic and all about collaboration, interaction, and shared experiences.
A woman lies beneath ice.
Another sits on a stool.
Another raises a camera.
The ice melts.
The spine moves.
The images remains.
Andrew McGibbon, 1000eyes Gallery, and Cassandra collaborated to make the series of an Act of Self-Destruction that are on display. The Photographs are of the impermanent ice paintings. Each print is unique, meaning that there is only one print available for each picture, one of a kind.
22 June – 29 June, 2016 PLY GALLERY, HTH ARTS CENTRE
An Act Of Self-Destruction
An Act Of Self-Destructionis a call to action. ACTION, as opposed to sitting back and doing nothing about environmental issues, perhaps because they seem too big, or make one feel too insignificant.
This intimate durational project sees a body lie under a triptych of ice block paintings, oblivious to the inevitable: that this (in)action will culminate with the inevitable self-destruction of the work.
The translucent ice paintings are made from found objects; egg shells (from Rookery Farm), cigarettes (from the street), toy cars (charity shop), scraps accumulated from what I consumed in a day and natural colorants (beetroot, blueberries, red cabbage and onions). The impermanence of the ice block paintings visually renders the deteriorating environment brought about by our collective inaction.
An ACT Of Self-Destruction is part performance / part installation / part meditation. An experiment of emptying our heads enough to listen to the unheard, to stop and think about our environment and its fragility.
An Act Of Self-Destruction Mixed Media (2016) CASSANDRA FUMI Ice, wire, shopping baskets, wood, egg shells, molasses, oil, toy cars, beetroot, food scraps, cigarettes, plastic bags, charcoal, puzzle pieces, blueberries, red cabbage, onions.
Wednesday Addams is an exploration into the world of gazers and our need to believe in something.
Inspired by Braco, a 'gazer' who heals believers with a simple look. This evolving experiment is about the silent moment amongst the screams. It’s about seeing and being present for a brief moment.
The aim is to seduce strangers and friends into a world of worship. What would happen if five minutes of silence took over you? What would happen if the only place to look was into someone’s eyes? What would make you start to believe?
Concept + Direction by Cassandra Fumi Music Direction by Lonnie Mackertich Production Management by Benjamin Meyer Art Direction by Lauren Stephens Video Art by Kenzie Larsen Originally Performed by: Lonnie Mackertich, Trelawney Edgar, Joel Skurrie, Benjamin Meyer, Cassandra Fumi, Simon Eales, Suzanne Truman, Gabrielle Etlis, Yvonne Virsik, Daniel Lammin, James Papadopoulos + Aldo Fumi. Video Participants Marie Banic, Bron Belcher, Oliver Coleman, Lonnie Mackertich + Benjamin Meyer. Video Stills: Kenzie Larsen
Promotional Images: Ruben Gates Pics: Sarah Walker
19 September - 4 October 2014 Melbourne Fringe Hub, North Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne Fringe Festival