Embracing the falling of flesh and the rising of the beyond-body. Whose memory is this?
Drawing from the stories of their collective genealogies both past, present and yet to be realised, Tagata Moana artists Jahra Wasasala and ooshcon come together as CONJAH to share the first development of their new work ‘I pull my body out of a dead animal’.
In this development-showing, CONJAH reaches into their beyond-body’s archive, blurring the boundaries of their human and non-human forms while pulling out a pantheon of possibilities that are asking to be (de)formed.
Director + Performer: CONJAH (ooshcon and Jahra Wasasala)
Mentoring: Kelly Nash and Nancy Wijohn
Producer: Renee Sharp
Lighting Design: Elekis Poblete Teirney
16-17 June 2023
Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road,
Koha on entry
Jahra Wasasala and Ooshcon, under the collaborative world-bending entity of CONJAH, are a creative force within and beyond the mediums of dance, physical theatre, poetry and visual craft. Together, CONJAH brings forth the depths of their extensive solo body work, their whakapapa and their imaginations to build into each other’s visions, enabling them to do the same with the collaborators and artists they work with.
Within their developments and performances, CONJAH focus on connection, world-building, excavation: Connection; strengthening intimate connections between the collaborating artists. World-building; building characters, stories and worlds into performance spaces. Excavation; creating body states and stories that shed realities as skins to reveal our own truths.
Jahra Wasasala is Fijian hailing from Macuata-i-wai and Sorokoba and was born and raised in West Tāmaki Makaurau. Ooshcon is Samoan, hailing from Lalomanu and Veilele and was born and raised in Te Awa Kairangi ki Uta.