The Getting Better Box & A Jellyfish Love Song virtual world performance
This performance, is a Rural Arts’ Keepsake commission and was inspired as the third iteration of Ella Mesma’s Getting Better Box series developed to offer some releif during lockdown.
When Ella was ill as a child, her Mum would to bring out ‘The Getting Better Box’… essentially it was a cardboard box with some toys inside… it didn’t make her better, but as a child, it was a magical thing to open that box only when ill and behold the goodies inside… sometimes Ella even tried to fake sickness just for the box…
Now Ella has created a version of the Getting Better Box for those who have felt isolated and lonely throughout the last year, The Getting Better Box interweaves themes of wellbeing, play and unlearning.
The Getting Better Box: Lockdown 1 & 2
We recognise that at this difficult time, we may have needed support more than ever, and that we were all experiencing some levels of trauma.
Trauma is something we can talk out, and move out of the body and so in this time of difficulty… the Getting Better Box became a combination of free movement practises, as well as links to material and invitations for ‘how to be better’: practises to decolonize our minds and be anti-racist.
This was by no means an answer to all our problems, but (and especially with with digital overwhelm), I hoped that providing a collection of anti racist invitations, wellbeing tips, classes by amazing artists, events to attend, meditations to listen to and somatic practices, funding opportunities, etc, in one place, we may have been able to offer some relief…
The Getting Better Box: Lockdown 3
After recognising my own burn out after lockdown 1, I needed to take some time out, and some time for reflection. After that rest, my creative juices came back, and I had the idea of creating a physical version of the Getting Better Box, collaborating with some incredible artists.
We have now developed a new take on our getting better box which involves performance, art, creativity and post boxes!