post Residency: Oedipus Schmoedipus
Performance Space is excited to announce our new residency at Carriageworks with collaborative Sydney-based performance ensemble post, who are further developing ideas for a new work on ‘death’: Oedipus Schmoedipus.
Oedipus Schmoedipus is an ambitious epic compilied of all the death scenes ever written. These death scenes will be dismembered, catalogued in a computer database and re-ordered to establish new narratives and a new theatre show: a collective manifesto on death.
post see Death and ‘The Canon’ as inextricably intertwined; ‘live’ performance, a ‘dead’ language, an actor’s ‘presence’, or an author’s legacy. In Oedipus Schmoedipus, key words, scenes and images of death are willfully deconstructed and cut into sentences and key phrases. Then these texts of the great ‘immortals’ are pieced back together along new lines of connection. Like fastidious decoupage artists or clever scrap-bookers, post recompile these existing words to form something new; a contemporary response to the greatest of mysteries: the afterlife.
We are truly delighted to be hosting these artists in a 4-week residency that will continue until 1 September 2012.
post is the collaborative Sydney-based performance ensemble comprised of Zoe Coombs Marr, Mish Grigor and Natalie Rose. Their work is often concerned with the political, and attempts to engage with issues of control, gender and identity in a way that is funny, engaging, and accessible. post are influenced by theatre, live connection and the truly absurd, drag, imposters, impressions, bad acting, boy genii, The Biggest Loser, birth, death, auditions, shamans, epitaphs, avatars, and those nightmares where you have to give a speech, but haven’t got any pants on.
The development of Oedipus Schmoedipus has been generously supported by Bundanon Trust, Performance Space, Belvoir St Theatre and Queen Street Studios. post is supported by Managing and Producing Services NSW – a joint initiative supported by the Australia Council and Arts NSW.
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