Join the conversation with women of all ages for Rachel Elderkin’s research, exploring the stories women carry throughout their lives – sometimes personally, sometimes as shared experiences.

notes on disappearance is a project about the stories we don’t tell.

What stories do we choose to share and which stories are never told?
How do those stories impact our lives?
Where do those stories rest in our bodies?

Rachel’s personal interest in this research comes from a story her grandmother carried, a story that will remain untold. More than the story itself, she’s interested to explore how those stories affect our thoughts, actions, and feelings.

How do we choose to hold or walk with those memories? What might we learn from our stories about women’s experiences today, and can we find empowerment in that?

Rachel would like to invite women to connect with the project by joining her in a one-to-one conversation or by writing a letter leading up to and throughout her residency at iC4C in August 2021. She hopes to offer a space for women to have conversations and connect with each other – to share their own stories.

If you’re interested and would like to know more, email Rachel at [email protected] with the subject line “CONVERSATIONS” and she’ll be in touch with details. This early research will help create a solo performance, new writings, and workshops. Conversations are ongoing.

Rachel is currently offering a dramaturgy support opportunity also and is looking to work with artists who will be in a creative process during 2021 and who consider dance or the moving body central to their creative practice. More information about this opportunity can be found here.



October 2020 Residency

Designed for an intimate performance setting, the project will draw together practices from dance, immersive theatre, and the visual arts to create a performed journey that elevates women’s narratives within a shared, empowering experience.

Gathering women’s stories through research and interviews, Rachel Elderkin is interested in creating a space that celebrates the multifaceted nature of women and the different expressions and experiences of identifying as female. Rachel is intrigued as to how certain narratives, repeated across history, hold repercussions through time. These repeated stories fuel a need to unite and to find empowerment together.

Rachel would like to bring together the struggles, strength and wisdom of women into a performed journey that, through a shared experience, offers hope, healing and empowerment for today.

As part of Rachel’s residency, she held a virtual coffee morning for women to join and share their stories on Tuesday 20 Oct, 10.30am-12pm.


Landscape photo by Noel Shelley.

Portrait photo by Jack McGuire.


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