By Emilie Bloom and Nicci Wilks
19 August @ 8pm and 20 August @ 6pm
Old Fire Station, Bendigo
UNCANNY VALLEY is the exciting new work of award winning Independent Vaudeville Theatre Company, Porcelain Punch’s Co-Creator Emilie Bloom.
Specialized in her field of physical comedy, Melbourne Clown Doctor and Castlemaine Resident Emilie Bloom will explore the relationship between Performance Aesthetic and Coulrophobia –A Fear Of Clowns. She is working with Punctum in Castlemaine to develop and present the early stages of what will be a debut solo work through the Punctum Seedpod Residency Program.
The ‘Uncanny Valley’ in Blooms working title references the hypothesis that human replicas that appear almost but not exactly like real human beings elicits feelings of eeriness and revulsion among some people.
In speaking about the work Bloom says “Clowns enter the so called ‘Uncanny Valley’ as we challenge the social norms of expected behavior which can create feelings of unease as well as inspire laughter from observers. The nature of my practice as a Clown is to be exquisitely precise at transforming emotionally and physically. Why do some actions and ideas present differently from one human to another? I want to explore these tensions”
Created with Nicci Wilks (Circus OZ, The Long Pigs, SHIT) and with the assistance of PUNCTUM Live Arts Incubator after a three week creative development and investigation at the ICU in Castlemaine ‘Uncanny Valley’ will be presented At the Capital Theatre In Bendigo during August 19-20th.
This project has been developed through Punctum’s Seedpod residency program and the generous support of Capital Venues and Events, Workspace, Creative Victoria the Shire of Mount Alexander and Helen Symon.