theatre of the sea
garments for survival
Jennifer Kornberger (writer/co-director/co-founder of Theatre of the Sea) is a visual artist, cross-form writer and creator of performance events. Her poetry has won awards and commendations in national competitions including the Tom Collins Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and her micro-fiction is published in Short Australian Stories (Spineless Wonders 2018). She has written two collections of poetry; I could be rain (Sunline Press 2007) and The twilight observatory, the latter with the support of grants from the Australia Council and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. Site-specific performance works include The Beemaster (2008), Scenes from an unseen world (2014), Oraculum – a ritual to renew time (2015), Forest of Poets (2016), Silence Speaks – a creative dissent project (2017), and 22 Pillars (2018), a collaborative work involving twenty-two poets in a re-imagination of place, and Somnus - enter the country of sleep, an immersive installation for the Fremantle Biennale 2019.
Horst Kornberger (Director/co-creator/co-founder of Theatre of the Sea) is an artist, director, author and poet-philosopher. He is an innovative thinker who has directed groups and communities in the development and use of aesthetic imagination and documented his research in five books. A graduate of the London School of Speech and Drama, Horst has collaborated and directed Jennifer Kornberger’s work and maintained an arts practice fusing visual, conceptual, environmental and performative elements in artworks such as Kompost - the heap between ecology and art (1999), The Honeyclock, (2000), Buddha in Honey (2005), Dark Light with Tom Mueller (Zweitgeist) (2014), The Delphi Project (2016), Silent Speaks - Roe 8 protest design with Jennifer Kornberger (2017) and Seaborne – a contemporary performance/ritual with artist Tom Muller (Zweitgeist) for the 2017 Fremantle Biennale.
Was born in Zimbabwe but grew up in various countries with a “third culture” family based in England. Her work is concerned with human perception, with lived experience, and in particular the interdependence of the human and natural world. At the heart of her practice is a 30 year relationship with her research site on the Deep River, on the south coast of Western Australia.
Over the past two decades her art practice has included printmaking, embroidery, installation and sculpture. Most recently she has begun working with video. She states “I take worn materials and objects, already redolent with their own histories, and transform them through simple domestic processes.”
She lives and works in Fremantle with her husband, they have three grown up sons scattered across Australia.
Carolin Linge (Costume design) is an artist and designer currently based in Berlin. She has worked with colour consultation in architecture, costume, stage and puppetry design. With a focus on natural fibres, Carolin creates three-dimensional effects in a signature technique that combines felting, sewing, weaving, painting and stitching. Her work is grounded in cultural investigations of global textile arts. She explores mythology, cultural confluence and dissimilarity, incorporating ‘textile quotations’ from diverse sources.
Lucy Ridsdale is a singer, vocal explorer and sonic pilgrim. Her passion for the healing and radiant power of the human voice has motivated a life-long journey in song that has seen her performing and sharing songs around the world and exploring sound as medicine. In 2014 Lucy completed a Master of Arts in Ritual Chant and Song at the University of Limerick, Ireland, studying a variety of vocal styles including Gregorian chant, medieval polyphony, and sean nós (traditional Irish Song). She performed solo shows at the 2016 and 2017 Denmark Festival of Voice and created and performed in the sell-out show Cenote with Molly Black in 2017.