Ethan Morse - Soy People Productions
Performance and gender are so intimately tied within our psyche, it seems only fitting that theatre becomes the stage on which we explore its extremities and its nuances. Whether it be in the clothes we wear, the way we talk, the way we move, the way we dance, the way we sing, the colours we paint with, the way we see the world.
Gender has become a mask, and I propose; we see if we can rip it apart and have a look at whats lurking underneath. Homme la Femme has become a personal exploration through music and performance how exactly I can arm gender, and cock it fully loaded. Man your stations and man the woman the man.
My love for theatre began way, way back in the good old days of 2008 when I saw a local production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. I was told by my granny, that for the entire show, my eyes were practically bulging out of my head. I was in awe of this crazy world where we can cause tornados and make houses fall from the sky. I moved to the big smoke, Wellywood, in 2017 and started, like most do, with Young & Hungry; from then on I've been throwing myself into any and every show that I can get my hands on. In the process I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most talented young artists In this city, people I now call my whanau. Through sheer passion and determination we managed to make the shows 'Wellingtonians' and 'Some Sort of Boy' both of which snagged us a FRINGE award nom. for Most Promising Emerging Company. I also am lucky enough to be a member of Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company and PlayShop who from which I have learnt and grown so much as a theatre-maker, performer and artist.
When I think about the kind of art that I want to make I am drawn to a quote by one of my biggest inspirations, Marina Abramović, she said "In theatre the knife is fake and the blood is ketchup. In performance art the knife is real and the blood is real." I want to make theatre where the knife is real and the blood is real. Art goes nowhere when it does not push boundaries and explore territories out of our comfort zone.
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