We're off to see the wizard of Auslan: Translating deaf experience through community performance
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In the movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy sings ‘(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow’, in the hope that she may find a place where she can escape the bleak reality of her Kansas – a place where there won’t be any trouble for her, or her faithful dog, Toto. Her subconscious desires transport her to Oz,3 a land that is deemed to be an ‘electrifying world of the imagination’.4 In this article, I discuss Wizard of Auslan, a community circus and physical theatre performance inspired by the movie, The Wizard of Oz, and created by Vulcana Women’s Circus together with a small group of both Deaf5 and hearing women. I examine how the performance dealt with the themes and experiences of being D/deaf in a mainstream hearing world, and investigate the tensions that arose from translating these experiences into performance.
Australasian Drama Studies
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