Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents Back to Back Theatre Company’s
The Democratic Set
What do you do with difference, in regard to equality? Ignore it, mark it, suppress it, smooth over it?
The Democratic Set is a rapid series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits created in collaboration with communities. Disturbingly obvious and tantalisingly strange, The Democratic Set explores the belief that all people are, in principle, equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities.
Participants are invited to bring along an idea for performance, a prop or costume or come just as you are, to create and film your idea in 16 seconds. Performances will then be edited together to make a film that premieres at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Back to Back Theatre was founded in Geelong in 1987 to create theatre with people who are perceived to have a disability. Under the Artistic Direction of Bruce Gladwin it has gone on to become one of Australia’s leading creative voices, focusing on moral, philosophical and political questions about the value of individual lives. Back to Back Theatre will be in residency at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre to work with a range of community groups and interested individuals over one week.
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