Jodee Mundy Collaborations: Imagined Touch

SPILL Festival of Performance

Image of three people with headphones looking into a bright light

Enter a world where sight and sound give way to tactile communication in this ‘cutting-edge piece of theatre that transports its audience beyond the theatre seat’ (Australian Stage).

Created by Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens, this immersive event shares the humour, grief, beauty and profound isolation of their lives as deafblind artists. After an introductory film, you’ll be provided with individual headphones and goggles, then guided into an unseen promenade installation. With light and sound distorted and restricted, it is touch that becomes integral to connection.

Recipient of Melbourne’s Green Room Award for Innovation in Experiential Performance, director Jodee Mundy is fluent in Australian sign language because everyone in her family is deaf except for her. Collaborating with Lawson and Stevens – experts in tactile sign interpreting and social haptic communication – she has shaped Imagined Touch into a piece that alters our perceptions and reframes disability as an opportunity for untapped human potential.

This promenade installation is designed to be accessible to all audiences, uses elements of social haptics, audio-description, British sign language and subtitles, with tactile sign guides on hand to assist. 

Visitors with access requirements are eligible for a free ticket for their companion. 

Each experience lasts 30 minutes/bags and shoes to be left in the cloakroom before the performance begins. 

Timed admissions available between 4pm–9.40pm (last admission) on Wed 7, Thu 8 & Fri 9 Nov and 12pm–5.40pm (last admission) on Sat 10 &  Sun 11 Nov 2018.

Age guidance 12+


Presented by the Barbican in partnership with Pacitti Company

Supported by Able Australia, Arts Access Victoria, Australia Council, Besen Foundation, Pratt Foundation, City of Melbourne, Auspicious Arts

*Excludes 60p booking fee

Part of The Art of Change

Our 2018 season explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


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