LITTLE GIRL INSIDE ME
director: Marie Yagami
27 May 2016
Platform Theatre, CSM, London
Central Saint Martins Performace Design and Practice Graduation Production
Written and directed by Marie Yagami. This piece is a physical theatre performance which explores, via choreographed movement, voiceover, video-mapping, music and lighting, the themes of healing and transformation from past trauma.
A young woman has had traumatic experience - aged 10 - of an earthquake inside a train 20 years ago in rural Japan. She has been diagnosed, as an adult, with PSTD. She is psychologically stuck, on-stage, in a large moveable cage, which separates her both from herself and from the outside world. She distracts herself by perpetually dissociating, and by running away from her reality. Then, she meets a child who she slowly comes to realise is a younger version of herself.
By entering gently into a movement/dialogue with this child the young woman begins to see her past more clearly. She begins to accept who she has become, who she was and to also slowly see who she might yet still become?
As the performance develops the young woman finds a way, eventually, out of her cage and she begins to be able to reconnect with both the young child, with the other people in her world, and eventually…with herself!