Witness is a response to the crisis in Australian critical culture.
In recent years we’ve seen the almost complete collapse of arts coverage in the mainstream press, the gutting of arts content from ABC television and radio, the loss of educational resources as Australian culture is cut from university syllabuses. And that’s only part of the story.
It’s hitting the performance community hard.
Witness can’t solve everything, but it will be a beginning. We want to be part of the solution. We’re planning to bring context to criticism, history to the present, community to debate. We’re looking for new ways to think about performance, new ways to engage our audiences.
Image: Scissors, Paper, Rock by Australian playwright Daniel Keene, La Colline Théâtre National, Paris. Photo: Elissabeth Carecchio