@iContact: Mirror Talk
We join the production of this innovative one-to-one experience created by Neta Gracewell & Elysia Qiu, for a much anticipated UK performance following a tour in China!
@iContact: Mirror Talk is an interactive one-to-one performance.
In Mirror Talk, the brand-new start-up iContact invites you to take part in a unique experiment and contribute to the development of a cutting-edge technological solution designed to answer our growing need in inter-personal communication.
How often do you meet yourself?
How often do you meet other people?
What is the role of eye contact in these encounters?
And how does it all connect to the device laying in your pocket?
Upon entering the performance space, you will find a table with several objects and a mirror. The performer will guide you through a series of questions and tasks, culminating in a moment of shared space.
Running time is approx. 35 minutes.
Every performance is an individual experience shared by the participant and the performer.
It's been a while (and a pandemic..) but Mirror Talk will be back soon!
Watch this space for updates.
We were absolutely thrilled to be programmed at the VOID as part of the incredible VAULT Festival 2022 for no less than 29 performances!
Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 situation, the festival has been cancelled. The team continues to work relentlessly to secure an alternative venue. This is especially difficult due to the nature of the performance and the unique space it requires.
We're thankful for the support of VAULT team and proud of the resilience of all the artists involved.
If you're interested in programming Mirror Talk, please reach out to us. Our contact info can be found here.
"This experience is truly novel... [it] is perfect for social distancing and reflects upon our contact over the last few months through mediums such as Zoom. Be ready to look into yourself and push the boundaries in this immersive piece examining our interaction with others and ourselves"
- A Younger Theatre
Audiences share their experiences of @iContact Mirror Talk
“"Creative, real, relaxing. This experience made me start to have some changes in my cognition ... This theatrical experiment made me feel magical. This is my first time attending this kind of experiment.”
"There was a long moment where I genuinely felt I'm diving into an inner world."
"Seeing people - really seeing them - is just so valuable. And looking their eyes is something I need to do more."
"Innovative, real, fruitful and interesting. This experiment is like a mirror, it lets me peek into my real self or the diversity of myself under communication, interacting or exchanging with others ... Mirror Talk is the first time that I reflected on myself... I hope this work can go further."
Theatre reviewer and blogger Louise Penn interviewed Neta about the making of Mirror Talk. Read the interview for some insights about our creative process and our perceptions about theatre and its role.
@iContact: Mirror Talk has been performed in English, Mandarin and Hebrew in three countries already, and we're working on bringing it to more places.
Want our performance to be translated to your language? Contact us!
Past performances include:
Form(at) Festival, Camden People's Theatre, London, 2020.
Urban Revival FeiTeng Youth Festival, Xi AN, China, 2020
Zimax Hotel Art Salon, Xi An, China, 2020
The show has also been performed as a work in progress at Mazeh 9, Tel Aviv, Israel and KongLab, Shenzhen, China.
@iContact: Mirror Talk was created by three international theatre practitioners, that met in the corridors of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Formerly known together as High Contact Theatre, they continue to explore storytelling along the delicate line between the digital and the analogue, both as a group and individually.
Neta Gracewell & Elysia Qiu
Neta Gracewell / Elysia Qiu
@iContact: Mirror Talk has been developed with the support of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and mentoring of Alan Fielden.