‘Miss D, one of Oliver Sacks’ patients, once said of her ‘freezing’, “It’s not as simple as it looks. I don’t just come to a halt, I am still going, but I have run out of space to move in … You see, my space, our space, is nothing like your space: our space gets bigger and smaller, it bounces back on itself, and it loops itself round till it runs into itself.”
‘The first challenge that Tobias (Picker) and I faced was what structure our piece should take; and it was the preface to the original edition of Awakenings that gave us our lead. In it Sacks talks of his own challenge when writing the book andhis hope to “preserve what is important and essential – the real and full presence of the patients themselves, the ‘feeling’ of their lives…’
Aletta Collins choreographer
- Aletta Collins
- Tobias Picker
- Miriam Buether
- Lighting design:
- Yaron Abulafia
Premiere: The Lowry, Salford, 22 September 2010.
Awakenings was commissioned by Daniel Katz Limited.