Reclaim the Crone at The Explosives Factory

by | May 28, 2024

Returning after a celebrated premiere season at the 2023 Mornington Peninsula Drift Festival, The Space Between Performance Collective brings their electric production of Reclaim the Crone to the Theatre Works Explosives Factory this July.

A bold and haunting performance that uses contemporary Butoh dance theatre, projection, poetry, and song, Re claim the Crone celebrates the archetype of the Wise Old Woman, taking audiences on a fantastical adventure where they fight for recognition, mourn loss, and get dirty as they clean house. At a time when older women are forced into the shadows, The Crones are here to weave a new world where humanity reconnects with the ulti mate crone – Mother Earth.

A multi-layered journey of defiance, growth, and transformation, Reclaim the Crone is a provocative treat – asking audiences to imagine a world where age, experience, and knowledge equate to power, beauty… and trouble.

A multi-disciplined performance weaving together the beauty of Butoh – a movement artform created to repre sent the oppressed and marginalized – with stunning imagery, song, and poetry, Reclaim the Crone promises a rich and dynamic world for audiences to experience.

Developed over many years, multiple interviews with older women (from a variety of backgrounds) were con ducted to inform the work. Their real voices and experiences now included in the show as a part of the original sound score by world-renowned composer Norm Skipp. Marrying The Crone with Mother Earth, the work also explores how the invisibility of older women is impacting nature, and our planet as a whole.

With original choreography by Gabrielle Leah New, Reclaim the Crone features an ensemble entirely comprised of seasoned, mature-aged artists and promises to be a unique highlight on the 2024 Victorian Arts Calendar. Run ning for a limited season, this unconventional Melbourne premiere production is not to be missed.

July 17 – 27


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