Launched in 2018, Generations features a work by an early career artist alongside a work by an established artist. Generations encourages greater dialogue between generations of artists and will contextualise work by early career artists within a broader framework. Generations 2019 will premiere ‘Olympia Olympia!’ by emerging performance collective Big Muscles Sad Heart; and ‘Arena’ by Martin del Amo and Anton.
It must be the best. It must. The weight of nations on their shoulders, warring bodies cut through air in a fury of time and motion. Milliseconds stretch into months and years and tucks and pikes. A flame is flung from the ancient past into a burning present that is poised at the blocks of a glorious, muscular future. Olympia… Olympia!
Part theatre, part tournament of the absurd, this funny and twisted show tears the fast-beating, competitive heart of capitalism out of the barrel-chest of sports and holds it up to the bright lights of the stadium. Theatre collective Big Muscles Sad Heart (JobReady, Knowledge Acquisition, Variety Night) turn the sporting spectacle on its head and turn their three ordinary bodies into athletic machines for the full length of a half-game.
Award-winning choreographer Martin del Amo joins forces with performance powerhouse An-ton to create a compelling one-man show. Through a potent mix of idiosyncratic movement and intimate story telling, Arena conjures a diverse cast of oddball characters and draws them into a frenzied world of make-believe. A flamboyant gossip, a laconic cleaner and a highly-strung director battle it out in this deftly imagined mosaic of interlinking stories. Reality will never be the same.
Season: July 10-13
Time: Wednesday - Saturday 7pm. Friday Night’s double-bill is followed by a Q&A.
Venue: PACT, 107 Railway Pde. Erskineville
Tickets: $30 full, $25 concession.