Sonder: for an audience of one

It may be difficult to believe, but the process of bed making is surprisingly quite a therapeutic process. This semi-regular household task that some often loathe has been transformed into a creative and enjoyable one-on-one performance at this year’s Adelaide Fringe titled Sonder.

Sonder [adj.]: The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

This fifteen-minute interactive performance simply involves you and show organiser Catherine Holder, whose awesome purple hair and quaint style both suit the performance very well – you’ll see what I mean when you experience the show yourself. While fifteen minutes sounds rather short, the concept of time seems to slowly drift away and leaves you feeling relaxed, warm and centered.

Briefly after the show I was able to chat to Catherine about the inspiration behind her piece and what she desires the experience to be like. ‘The power of vulnerability has a lot to do with it as well as the concept of time. Also being an audience of one there’s a lot of trust and friendly intimacy involved,’ she said. Catherine also elaborated how though the process of bed making is rather regular, everyone’s bed varies as each individual is diverse. The show also allows you to question how everyday material connects to our sensory emotions and how meaning or even memory is created from this.

Sonder is certainly a heart-warming performance that allows yourself to add your own personal touch and be involved in the collage of previous performances. The simple activities involved are friendly, fun and meditative that has you leaving peacefully and clear minded. Be sure to catch this fun, quirky little show until February 26th.

Overall rating: ★★★★

Location: ShantyTown Gallery in The BlueBird Coffee Lounge

129 Currie Street, Adelaide

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