This project was a full-length dance adaptation of the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. A seminal work of early feminist literature, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is as important today as it was when it was first written in 1892. The story deals with themes of isolation, gender inequality, self-sovereignty, and identity. At its heart is the struggle of one woman trying to reclaim her individuality and self-determination in a world that sees her as inferior.
Yellow Cat Collective’s adaption is both a respectful homage to the original text and a modern interpretation that explores the continuous relevance of the story’s themes. There is still inequality, especially in understanding and accessing mental health care. And during the COVID-19 lockdown, all of us experienced what it meant to be confined and isolated. We aim to create a safe space where performers and the audience can explore all of these themes, as well as release, freedom and survival. We aim to help the viewer grapple with what is hard and frightening. We hope to guide them through to a light at the end.