I had the pleasure of featuring Annie and her work as part of The Collective: Interviews series (http://coldmountaincollective.com/tag/annie-rollins/). Here, learn more about her practice-led research and how it inspired her latest production.
There’s Nothing To Tell (没有什么可说）
My first full-length shadow play based on my Fulbright fieldwork, premiered at In The Heart of the Beast Theatre, June 2012
So what does one do with all this research? Over a year of fieldwork and what do I have to show for it? When I returned to the states in late 2011 and began explaining my absence, most people’s initial question was ‘where can I read more about your work?’ This question of writing about the work is entirely gracious – how nice is everyone to want to know more about Chinese shadow puppetry? – but it is also a default that I’m learning to resist.
Our Western academic approach to non-western traditional performance research often leaves practice-led researchers (researching by way of the practice, not – say – with literary review) in the lurch. The written practice has long been used to validate non-verbal…
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