2011, 5 minutes
A poetic game ensues that reveals the construction of metaphor as an activity for collective catharsis.
Lucy Beech’s Retreat, 2011, explores notions of performance staged within non-theatrical environments. This strategy is employed within the film as a way to understand the structure of a particular group of women’s emotions. Set within a marquee, the women participate in a workshop where they cast domestic objects. As the objects begin to take shape the women split into separate roles becoming both the performers and audience members to their activity. They engage in a controlled exercise that involves throwing their constructed objects at one another. As the collective procedure intensifies the objects’ function is transformed. A poetic game ensues that reveals the construction of metaphor as an activity for collective catharsis.