The Bacchae [Melbourne]
The Bacchae [Melbourne]

Event Information


Friday October 16, 2015
7:30 PM


Theatre Works
14 Acland Street
St Kilda , VIC 3182

Auslan Interpreter/s

Erin Gook and Michelle Ashley

Language/ Cultural Consultant


$35 / $50, see link below

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A city teeters on the edge of crisis.

A god arrives in the guise of a mortal. A monster defies the audience. Boundaries collapse; old, young, boy, girl, human, beast, mortal, divine, good, bad, light and dark.

Co-created by Aaron Orzech and critically-acclaimed director Adena Jacobs, with a collaborating ensemble of young female actors and musicians, The Bacchae is an epic, and hallucinatory theatrical experience.

A group of teenage girls pray to the god Dionysus, seeking salvation in the arms of excess. Around them a plague rages and their city burns, as all they’ve known turns to dust at their hands.

The female cast from the acclaimed St Martins lend The Bacchae offers an unsettling vision of sacrifice and spiritual desolation.

A sister-piece to the critically acclaimed On the Bodily Education of Young Girls, The Bacchae continues Jacobs’ piercing exploration of lost innocence and primal fury. Invoking the choreographic operas of Pina Bausch and the visual tropes of contemporary art, this is playthat teeters on the dangerous frontier between terror and the sublime—a crackling declaration of revolution from the girls and women who have brought it to the stage.

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