A collaboration with the Aha Ensemble

There are normal ways to eat, walk, sit, speak and die. There are also not normals, not normal ways for everything. Not normal ways to love, to dance, to start a conversation, to cry. There are not normal ways to live. As we all continually evolve our idea of normal, we ask what makes us part of a society and who is included? OK let’s say it – there is no such thing as normal.

Explain Normal unpacks the concept of “normal” as both survival mechanism and death making, as myth, as someone else’s truth, as a potent provocation for perspectives on society and difference, and how we value otherness.

Explain Normal is a dance theatre work directed by co-created by participatory artist Daniele Constance and Nerida Matthaei. It is a new and exciting artistic collaboration between the Aha Ensemble who identify with disability and artists from Phluxus2 Dance Collective. Explain Normal explores how these artists define perceptions of normalcy, through the lens of their diverse experiences.

"Heartbreaking monologues brush shoulders with warm storytelling… The choreography uses the performers’ bodies to play with images of joining together, disconnecting and dismantling. It’s a valid reminder that, in touching others, everyone can make a unique contribution during their time on this earth… a very moving and refreshing piece of theatre." – B Keehn Stage Whispers