Exit Strategies is a solo performance work about mobility, privilege and ways to disappear.
Mish Grigor leaves. Again and again and again she leaves the stage, leaves the building, leaves the country. From the repetition, a game emerges. As she attempts (or pretends to attempt) a series of grand exits, her actions become more and more ridiculous, careening from the absurd to the darkly political.
Whether she’s abandoning lovers, childhood dreams or bad restaurants, there’s more to her escape routines than simple flight. Exit Strategies is about escape, change and disappearance. About the privilege of movement. About knowing when your time is up, and sensing when you’ve overstayed your welcome. It’s about wondering if you can go home again, or if you ever really had one. About what happens when the going gets tough (spoiler alert: the tough get going).
Lead Artist — Mish Grigor
Co-Created by APHIDS — Mish Grigor, Lara Thoms & Eugenia Lim
Dramaturg — Anne Thompson
Video — Zoe Scoglio
Sound — Nina Buchanan
Lighting Designer — Katie Sfetkidis
Original Concepts — Mish Grigor with Jo Bannon & Richard Higgins
Production Manager — Bindi Green
Operator — Jay Tettamanti
Stage Crew — Richard Chandler
Lighting Design Secondment — Harrie Hogan, on internship from the Faculty of VCA and Music, Production
Advisor — Erica McCalman
Costume Construction — Maureen Fitzgerald
Graphic Designer — Rebecca McCauley
This project was made possible through the generous support of Arts House, the Australia Council for the Arts, the City of Melbourne, and Creative Victoria. Development for Exit Strategies was supported by Arts House’s CULTURELAB, Adhocracy at Vitalstatistix, Australia Council’s EMPAC residency, New York and UNSW.