THE ANATOMY LECTURE THEATRE

The Anatomy Lecture Theatre is based on Rosa’s encounter with the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the University of Cape Town. An encounter with the uncanny, both familiar and terrifying. Taking her position as the student/spectator she was looking down from a distance onto the stage in a place shaped like a cave or a womb. She sat in the place or ‘home’ of knowledge, facing forwards, in a phallic direction, a phallic line, a phallic time, back turned on origin. Drawing on Rosa’s medical history this performance lecture was about memory, trauma and medicine.

“We leave the theatre feeling as if we’ve been given an insight into something intangible yet nonetheless profound.” – The Stellenbosch Literary Project

Commissioned by GIPCA Live Art Festival 2014.

Creator and Performer
Rosa Postlethwaite

Photography
Ashley Walters