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HUMANITY REENACTED

It critically questions a global unfolding of uprooted identification with tradition and ritual and how this shapes today’s people and the individual.
This recently written and highly topical piece by Existence Theatre is a philosophical examination about culture and humanity. It depicts how the phenomenon of war uses fear evoking behaviours to feed destructive forces that overpower and manipulate people and whole nations.
HUMANITY REENACTED dives into a performative re-experiencing of humanity’s mistakes. The work expresses how collective suffering has severe consequences on the human psyche and life as such.

PERFORMANCE: 02./03./04. Feb 2023 – 8pm PSAS, 22 Pakenham St Street, Fremantle, TICKETS

duration: approx. 108 min – no interval – 15+ bar and doors open from 7:30pm

Previous reviews: Herald |

 

8 SCENES

SOLSTICE | MARKET | HUNT | SLEEP CYCLE

WAR | REVOLUTION | EXECUTION | A NEW BEGINNING

Archetypal Characters:

ÉAMON (young ruler, king) performed by Jack Hagan

VICTORIA (goddess of the hunt) performed by Eden McCombe

ATHINA (the innocent goddess of wisdom and peace) performed by Emma Benischauer

ARTEMIS (lover) performed by Shenae Coppola

BRIAN (warrior) performed by Bugs Boyd

ANGEL (mother) performed by Elisabeth Eitelberger

THE PEOPLE (common folk) performed by Mayra Dinelli & Jônia Guimarães

 

PROLOGUE

Human existence is based on rules,

we would love to change them,

but aren’t allowed to do so!

now we express what has happened to us in the past

how we felt and how we feel now and how we will feel

what really happened to us and what will happen to us

how we dealt with it and how we will deal with it

how we’ve been and who we will be

how can we remember and who can remember

is it different now, or will it be different?

who are we and who did we become?

who feels safe and will we feel safe?

what is humanity?

what is humanity in the future of this world?

what should I remember?

we get to know a new world by moving in old patterns.

this idea has no future. update not supported.

all guidelines have failed.

only our will survives on a spiritual level.

This is what remains…

CONTEXT: The extraordinary formation of Existence Theatre’s performers once again face an urgent topic that engages with the ups and downs of human emotions, leading the audience in mesmerising ways into a space of connectedness and belonging. Carrying a seed of hope. Strong performance unique for WA.

“In an age of increased interconnectedness, we are challenged by natural and manmade disasters from around the globe. The clash of cultures brings misunderstandings and conflict. The arts can ‘help us search again not only for the meaning of life but also the purpose of our individual and collective experience… for ways we might re-create ourselves anew as a human species, so that we may end at last the cycle of violence that has marred our history’.” (Serlin, 2020; Walsh, 2001)

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