For ten days, the ATYP Studio will host the return of alumni Yves Blake, delivering her hilarious, music-infused show THEN.
Since leaving Sydney two years ago to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Yve has been blitzing the UK, winning over crowds at some of the best theatres in the nation, including The National. At the same time, she’s been running a website by the name of WhoWereWe.com. It’s an interactive platform that asks visitors to answer the question, “Who do you feel you used to be?”
So far, more than 1,000 funny stories, nervous voicemails, bizarre photos and embarrassing playlists have been submitted from 154 nations. It is with this information that Yve has created THEN.
The one-of-a-kind production is a celebration of the people we once were — be they strangers, legends or fools. Starring Yve’s Bjork-esque voice and a slew of costumes, it features songs and soundscapes sampling everything from flushing toilets to orchestras to dance breaks.
Yve says, “We constantly play audience to our friends’ lives online, but forget that scrolling through Facebook is like viewing someone else’s highlight reel. It’s easy to feel behind in the race. I built WhoWereWe.com as a portal for strangers to anonymously reveal memories of dumb decisions, terrible haircuts, of self doubt and censored dreams so that I could transform these stories into music and celebrate them. It’s exciting and heartwarming to recognise ourselves in the words of others, so I figured, the more ‘others’ the merrier.”