Under a Willow - a long way from China, 2017 image Julie Milowick
Ken Evans, designer and Rebecca Russell, director are a dynamic collaborative partnership creating new works grounded in visual theatre. They are based in Clunes, central Victoria. Working with non-linear story and imagery is the cornerstone of the RUSSELL:EVANS output. It is the combination of their skill sets and the blurred lines between them that is their combined voice.
Their most recent works have been large scale, outdoor and site specific with the people and landscape of Regional Victoria, in all its beauty and complexity as their Muse. Since relocating to central Victoria from central Melbourne in 2009 Evans and Russell have been developing methodologies and processes involving collaborations with artists and community to create unique, fleeting performances that connect with both a diverse regional audience and a regular arts audience from Melbourne.
Rebecca works with a form of verbatim theatre, recording interviews that delve into people’s passion, knowledge base or everyday life experiences. Editing raw material, Rebecca probes the voice for recurring themes, enlightening moments and universal truths that become the impetus for the image and movement of the work.
Ken’s design and staging create evocative settings within the chosen site and surrounds. Responding to the particular, inspiring setting of the piece, Ken’s imagery enhances the storyline and transports the audience through powerful visual imagery.
RUSSELL:EVANS most recent work includes: In the Deep End 2017, Clunes swimming pool Under A Willow - a long way from China 2017, Castlemaine State Festival 600 degrees : 100 years of shade 2016, Scoribreac property Clunes GRASSLANDS 2014, Clunes STEAM! 2012, Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally TRIGGERED, currently in development 2017.