Lies, Secrets & Silence

Photograph by Shehal Joseph

“It isn’t that to have an honourable relationship with you, I have to understand everything, or tell you everything at once, or that I can know beforehand everything I need to tell you.” 

“It means that most of the time I am eager, longing for the possibility of telling you. That these possibilities might seem frightening, but not destructive, to me. That I feel strong enough to hear your tentative and groping words. That we both know that we are trying, all the time, to extend the possibilities of truth between us.”

 Adrienne Rich: ‘On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose’


How do we come to terms with the stories we encounter in our lives?

Our own, or those shared with us?

What do we find? Where do we find them?

What are our personal stories around lies, secrets and silence and how can we share them – through words, through gestures, through movements – with and without words?

As much as the site has played a significant role in shaping and influencing Unearthed, the prose and poetry of Adrienne Rich – one of America’s foremost public intellectuals, who died in Spring 2012 – has been a major stimulus throughout the creation of Unearthed. In particular, Rich’s ‘On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose’ (1966-1978) and ‘Twenty-one Love Poems’ (1977) lent themselves to the themes that are explored in Unearthed.

Ruhanie Perera, Artistic Director of Floating Space says “Unearthed draws on the idea of lies, secrets and silence which will work as a thematic expression in the work – or even elements of the work. We’re also working with the idea of how to create a theatrical poem on stage.”

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