THE DEMOCRATIC SET
DURATION: 20 minutes
What do you do with difference, in regard to equality? Ignore it, mark it, suppress it or smooth over it?
The award-winning Back to Back Theatre brings a visual soapbox to town: a 15 second timeframe, a grand theme of democracy and equality, and 25 years experience making extraordinary work. Made with local community members in each city it visits, the performances filmed inside The Democratic Set are edited together to create a single tracking shot through a series of identical rooms. Back to Back have taken The Democratic Set to communities around the world – from Bristol to Horsham, Denmark to Castlemaine – bringing to the screen performances that are insightful, funny, hard-hitting and heartfelt – but above all, that are deeply human.
“Occasionally it’s like a dream sequence in a David Lynch film, disturbing, unstoppable… But mostly it’s full of laughter and hope, a feeling very much helped by the wide demographic of its contributors.” RealTime
Be a part of The Democratic Set
Back to Back Theatre are calling on Sydney-siders to take part in the filming of The Democratic Set. Everyone and anyone is invited to perform for 15 seconds for the camera.
It’s free to participate and you can take part in any way you like – you could dress up or come as you are, come on your own or as a group, move around or stand perfectly still, sing a song, make a speech or say nothing at all. It’s up to you because this is a democratic set.
All you need to do is book in.
Artists: Mark Cuthbertson and Bruce Gladwin, in collaboration with participants from the local community.
The Democratic Set is part of SHOW ON, a short season of contemporary performance from around Australia that focuses on audience participation and the intersection of art, life and popular culture. Presented in partnership with Mobile States, 25 July-4 August. CLICK HERE for more information.