Little Girl Inside Me (2016) Platform theatre, London, UK
Directed, Devised, Designed:
A young woman has experienced the trauma - aged 10 - of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 whilst on a train journey with her father in Kobe. The effects of this experience deeply affect her entire life, and in particular, her coping mechanisms, health and relationships. She is eventually diagnosed, as an adult and after great suffering, with PTSD.
She appears on-stage, stuck in a large moveable cage which separates her both from herself and from the outside world. She has long learned to distract herself by perpetually disassociating herself and by running away from her reality. Gradually, she becomes aware of a child, also trapped in a cage, who she slowly comes to realise is a younger version of herself.
By entering gently into choreographed movement/physical dialogue with this child the young woman begins to see her past more clearly. She slowly begins to accept who she has become, who she was, and to also see who she might yet still become.
Little Girl Inside Me deals with difficult, universally relatable subject-matter with an immensely positive outlook and an authentic touch.
Marie Yagami: Director/Writer/Voice over Duwane Taylor: Choreographer Leung WingYue: Main dancer Rima Fukumoto: Little Girl Thom Wootton :Dancer Stephanie Peña:Dancer Cato Tønnessen:Dancer Yana Lyapunova :Dancer Sophia Del Pizzo :Dancer Maiko Okumura : Production assistant/Dancer Grace Lee-Khoo :Dramaturge Gumbs David :Digital Artist Priyanka Patel :Graphic Designer Soon Park:Video mapping technician/Father I-Shun Lee:Lighting Designer Luke Shrewsbury :Sound Engineer Tobia Malagutti:Sound recorder/Sound designer for film Anna Laureline Banasik :Sound assistant for filming Chris Hargreaves :Sound Artist Roberta Busechian:Sound Artist Monika Dorniak :Project Researcher Tsai-Chun Huang :Costume Designer Athena Yuan :Pattern Maker Ruka Kawai :Costume Maker Maria Bruder :Set Designer Nathan Kirk :Set Constructor Hong Thammajariyaphan :Set assistant Tassilia Varda :Hair Stylist Lorena Carmona :Make Up Artist Kinari Toyama :Stage Manager Linda Zagidulina :Documentation Photographer Yasumasa Nose :Photographer Chun Wang :Stage Photographer/Stage Videographer Lee Yen-Ju:Assistant Stage videographer Sung Mike: Stage videographer for filming Garth Thomas :Stage Videographer for filming Dechen Gendun :Stage Videographer Masamichi Hirose :Stage Photographer