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The Experiment


The Experiment

  • Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015 to Saturday, 24 October 2015, 8pm
  • Venue: The Malthouse — 113 Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Melbourne Festival 2015 series
  • Tickets: $49/$39/$25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 136100

Event Details

Inspired by the writings of ethicist Peter Singer, British playwright Mark Ravenhill’s text sits at the core of this chilling new collaboration led by composer David Chisholm.

The Experiment brings together a group of artists at the height of their disciplinary power, in a contemporary examination of human nature, thought and action.

Unravelling in a fragmented narrative structure, The Experiment is a musical monodrama that explores the psychological nature of trauma and memory and delivers a provocative horror story for our times.

In a confronting reimagining of Ravenhill’s 21st century monodrama, Chisholm and his collaborators radically transform the 2009 Grand Guignol monologue into a technology saturated 60-minute solo work for virtuoso guitarist Mauricio Carrasco.

The performance begins as a traditional musical monodrama, with Carrasco speaking the text, over music. Gradually layers of the speaker’s own voice begin to collapse and the composition builds in texture, moving from acoustic echoes to the introduction of electronic sounds and integrated digital video elements.

The nine-stage performance, experimenting with the dark side of memory and identity, features the visceral imagery of painter and video artist Emmanuel Bernadoux, in an immersive audio-visual scenography designed by Matthew Gingold.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

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