Fuel are seeking people who identify as women from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, to take part in the Development of Artist, Heather Agyepong’s new performance art project, The Body Remembers. The Body Remembers is about the ways in which experiences of trauma manifest in the body. The project is about understanding you can be in trauma without your conscious awareness, as well as the process of healing and building awareness of your emotional and psychological state and wellbeing.
Heather is seeking twenty participants, primarily women of African and Caribbean backgrounds, who are interested in taking part in an interview process discussing their physical manifestations of trauma. The text from these interviews will go on to inform the work that Heather is creating. There will be a psychotherapist present throughout the interview process and all of your information will remain anonymous in the finished work.
The interviews will take place at Ovalhouse from Mon 4th of November to Thursday the 7th of November. Participants will be required for either a morning (10am – 1pm) or an afternoon (2pm -5pm) session. Selected participants may also be invited to partake in a workshop session on the 11th, 13th or 14th of November.
Submission opens: 30th September 2019 at 10 am
Submission deadline: 14th October 2019 at 12 noon
Selected participants will be notified on 21st or 22nd October 2019
Trauma is defined as an emotional response to a terrible event. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, fear, anxiety, strained relationships and hypervigilance.
Childhood trauma is defined as the experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects. Examples of these include physical/emotional neglect, abuse or abandonment.
If you have noticed changes in the way you are thinking or feeling over the past few weeks or months that are affecting you adversely, please make an appointment to see your local GP for help. This project is not in any way a replacement for clinical advice or treatment.
The Body Remembers is supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts & produced by Fuel Theatre.