Title

Bakkhai

Document Type

Performance

Publisher

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC)

School

School of Arts and Humanities / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

28423

Funders

State Government's Royalties for Regions Program administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts (WA) in consultation with the Department of Regional Development.

Edith Cowan University.

Comments

Originally performed as:

McKenzie, Vahri (Director). (2018, 15-6 June). Bakkhai [Theatre production]. Bunbury, WA: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Abstract

Bakkhai built an ensemble using a somatic and collaborative studio method developed over nine months. To investigate embodiment in ensemble and innovatively address the tension between ensemble and character in performances of Greek theatre, the commissioned translation was deliberately introduced late in the development process. Potent metaphors were deployed to investigate and achieve effective collaboration, where a studio dynamic of ‘freedom and control’ reflects the plot of the play as well as modelling ensemble work; ‘Thebes of the South West’ structured my collaboration with the creative team of six emerging artists to translate the ancient Greek play across time and space and generate relevance.

Additional Information

Performed at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC), Bunbury, Western Australia from 15 - 16 June 2018.

Programme includes director's note and statements by Sholto Spradbury, Scriptwriter, and Fiona de Garis, Co-Producer.

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