Bakkhai: Freedom and Control

McKenzie, Vahri. (2018). Bakkhai: Freedom and Control Curatorial Essay. Bunbury, WA: Maker + Co and Edith Cowan University. An exhibition of work developed for BREC’s 2018 stage show seen in a gallery context that illustrates the collective creativity of the artists, all graduates of ECU’s…

Bakkhai Director’s Notes

McKenzie, Vahri. (2018). Bakkhai Director’s Notes. Bunbury, WA: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Bakkhai was one of Euripides’ final plays and is concerned with two apparently opposed sides of human nature, the rational and the instinctive. When these collide, in the forms of the rigid young…

Writing up/Writing down: Making Sense through Sensory Engagement

McKenzie, V. (2017). Writing up/writing down: making sense through sensory engagement. ECU Researchers on Writing, Edith Cowan University. Writing up research can be formulaic and conventional, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We rely on certain formulae and conventions to clarify meanings, to create a…

It’s nothing… Ben-Ary and Harwood’s Immaterial

McKenzie, V. (2017). It’s nothing… Ben-Ary and Harwood’s Immaterial.  Available from: Immaterial Introduction In Susan Glaspell’s one-act play Trifles (1916), a group of men and women try to figure out the story behind an apparently senseless murder. While the men focus on material facts present…

Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for Creative Artists

McKenzie, V. (2015). Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for creative artists. Contact Quarterly Contact Improvisation Newsletter 40(1), Winter/Spring 2015. ‘Underscore Alchemy’ is a research project designed to investigate how artists from disciplines outside the performing arts might engage with Nancy Stark Smith’s collaborative improvisation model,…