With Full, independent dance choreographer Simon Ellis has crafted a minutely detailed and effectively flawless dance installation.
– Ben Zipper (Stage Left)
Space is shrinking. Cities are packed. Airways are jammed with electronic transmissions, and cyberspace is home to more than 2 billion web pages. Full is an old woman with no space left to go.
My name is Gladys Eastwood, and I am 87 years old. I have lived through two world wars, and one marriage. I miss my cat, and my husband was a Chartered accountant. I gave birth to three children, and we adopted another. I have seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. It is like my genes are running out. I am a painter, but my husband called it a hobby. Women inspire me … Joan of Arc, Heloise, my grandmother, Helen of Troy, Wallis Simpson … I no longer have a cat. I am not sure whether I am walking, or being pushed.
She sees him move; the length not of his body but of his years.
Full (2001) is a solo movement performance devised and performed by Simon Ellis, with light by Alycia Hevey, sound by Jacqueline Grenfell and photography by Elizabeth Boyce. Full is produced by Kath Papas.
June/July 2001: Original installation and performances at Glass Street Gallery in North Melbourne. The season was sold out (including extra performances).
March 2003: Performances as part of the Castlemaine State Festival in the Castlemaine Courthouse.
Images: Elizabeth Boyce