Sensorium create immersive multi-sensory performances for kids with special needs.


Sensorium Theatre

About

Sensorium Theatre is dedicated to making magical, multi-sensory theatre for Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorder young audiences. We create performances which delight and inspire by creating high quality hands-on theatre that invites children to touch, taste, smell, hear, feel and see stories unfold around them within a specially designed immersive sensory environment. The intentionally small audiences are onstage with the artists who continually adapt their performance to connect with individual learning abilities and communication style of each child. This way, each child becomes an active participant in the storytelling experience.

Our values are to be heart-centred, inclusive, artistically rigorous and sustainable, and our vision is to allow all young people to be enchanted by the magic of theatre.

 

Outcomes

Read the evaluation report on the impact of Sensorium’s recent development and production of Oddysea.

Sensorium Oddysea Evaluation Report

Biography

Francis Italiano
Francis is a Hybrid Artist with Writing, Design, Performing and Visual Arts skills that have lead him to design/devise for over 30 Theatre, Large-Scale Spectacle Events and Short Films, and have over 20 of his scripts for plays and short films produced.  In particular, he has developed his practice as a Community Cultural Development artist, working with many marginalized groups to produce theatre, films, performance events, publications and exhibitions. He has also been a core artist of WA’s spectacle & CCD collective, SWERVE. He has worked extensively for DADAA-WA, leading numerous projects in writing, visual arts, and theatre for children and adults experiencing disabilities. Most recently he performed with Spanish company Teatro de los Sentidos in the Perth International Festival Show Oraculos.

Michelle Hovane
Michelle is a performer,  project initiator, deviser and facilitator with an extensive history of working with indigenous communities and communities experiencing physical and intellectual disabilities. She is fascinated by making work that is community and site-specific ranging from intimate political cabaret to large-scale outdoor spectacles. She has been a driving force of the SWERVE multi-arts collective since its inception in 1999.  She is passionate about multi-sensory and immersive theatre and excited about being a core artist of Sensorium.

Rachel Riggs
Rachel is an internationally experienced visual theatre artist who creates work for all ages using traditional and contemporary puppetry techniques. She was the special needs outreach education artist for the Little Angel Theatre, London, and has also has worked with Oily Cart & Horse & Bamboo specialist sensory theatre companies in the UK. Rachel is also a specialized Early Years Arts creative consultant with her ‘Imaginary Leaps’ family engagement project successfully programmed at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the State Library of WA. Most recently her early years show Atishoo had it’s Australian premiere in the Perth International Arts Festival.

Jamie David
Jamie’s personal creative odyssey has included touring internationally with music acts, collaborating in theatrical, circus and dance productions, film soundtrack composition, musical studies in West Africa and Southern India and plenty of community arts work. The latter has seen him working with a diverse range of groups around Australia including children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities, indigenous and migrant communities and at risk youth. Although primarily a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter, his greatest satisfaction has come from multiple art form collaborations that engage specific communities in in subtly – and sometimes deeply – transformative processes.

Amity Culver
Amity has been performing in the Arts since she could walk and sing.  Touring and collaborating with Steps Youth Dance Company for many years, Amity studied her BA in Dance at WAAPA before completing a BA Education (Special Needs) and becoming a Special Needs teacher.  As a performance artist Amity has developed works in local and rural communities across the country, working predominantly with at risk youth and children with special needs.

Reviews

I have worked in this school bringing arts to the students for 20 years  now and nothing has been anywhere near as good as this in bringing multi-sensory musical stimulation to our children – they obviously connected with the songs, the crafts and the performance. Thank you so much – you and your performers weave a special magic. Art Specialist Teacher, Sir David Brand School

It is the very best incursion we have had. A well balanced integrated learning experience that provides the students with the opportunity to experience and/or express their own individual creativity while (I think) tapping into their spirituality. Equally great for staff.  Teacher, Kenwick School

A lot of hard work has been put in to make this an exceptional experience for these children. Their responses and involvement must make you all realise how valuable your efforts are for them. Thankyou. Parent, Kenwick School

Fantastically set up. Loved it all, music, sounds, puppets. It was brilliant. Parent , Kenwick school

As an outside viewer it was amazing to view this performance and see how it engaged the students of all abilities. The preparatory workshops definitely made a lasting impression. Very inspiring! Thank you! Theatre practitioner

The children responded to the performance with intense interest and delight. My son was so excited with all the prep done in the workshops – he would come home every day with stories of how the animals were made and what the animals were doing and how naughty the donkey is.Parent, Sir David Brand School

Bringing all of the workshops together in this grand finale was brilliant. Many of our students struggle to stay still and be engaged for longer periods and did so for 45 minutes. Thank you so much for the positive impact you have had on our kids over the last week. Teacher, Sir David Brand School

It was an overall excellent experience for both myself and the children. Will be shouting loud from the rooftops about the Jub Jub Tree! Well done Education Assistant, Sir  David Brand School


Performances


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Oddysea by Sensorium Theatre. Image by Jessica Wyld Photography.

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Posted: April 7th, 2016