The Oak’s Bride

The Oak’s Bride is a new physical performance by Red Moon Rising. It is inspired by the poetic novel Gaudete written by notorious poet Ted Hughes. Extreme in physicality and content, The Oak’s Bride immerses the audience in a beautiful and electrifying world.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 18 May 2010 to Sunday 23 May 2010

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Published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Tuesday 20 April 2010.
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Using the expressionistic physical theatre style of Butoh as a springboard, Red Moon Rising explores what happens to the human body when its component parts are at war. The Oak’s Bride confronts contemporary issues such as the fragmentation of identity through technology, the archetypal struggle between life and its shadow, and the innately human drive for power over others.

Presented in the bowels of the historic Donkey Wheel House, a Gothic-revival landmark located in central Melbourne, The Oak’s Bride asks: what happens when the primal and evolved collide in a world that, in Hughes’ words, is ‘out of control’?

This project is part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival’s Dance Program. Click HERE to read more about it.

Supporters: Australia Council for the Arts, Donkey Wheel House, St Martins, La Mama, Australia-Korea Foundation, Aphids

Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cnr Bourke and Spencer Sreets
Price: $17 Full, $12 Concession
See website for performance dates and times and to book tickets.