LA PESTE

BONE MARROW THEATRE presents a newly devised physical theatre performance that explores moral decay in society through dark humour.

 

MELBOURNE 2nd- 11th May 2014 

Influenced by the famous essay ‘Le théâtre et la Peste’ (The Theatre and the Plague) by Antonin Artaud, LA PESTE will explore Artaud’s theory of the plague and how it fits into the context of society today. Bone Marrow Theatre presents LA PESTE, an exciting new physical theatre performance which will show an image of the plague as a mirror of our own society and moral decay, bringing each audience member face to face with himself.

“Often turning a blind eye is a reaction to the violence which surrounds us. Often we DO want to take action against this violence. Often this decision to act comes too late.” says Director/Writer Nadine Dimitrievitch. LA PESTE will create a monster that resembles a parasite; which is grotesque, mysterious and fantastic, which will twist, deform and explore the body, portraying the plague in relation to morality through dark humour and bouffon.

Bone Marrow Theatre is proud to announce LA PESTE will be the first production as Company in Residence at Revolt Melbourne Artspace.

 

” Nadine Dimitrievitch has directed ‘La Pest’ with strength and sureness.” Peter Green – 3MBS Radio

  – Development Video

Directed and Designed by

Nadine Dimitrievitch

Dramaturgy by

Zeynep İncir Göksu

Ensemble
Allen Laverty
Sarah Hall
Jennifer Ashley
Morgaine Presser
Scott Jackson

 

 

 Production Team

Producer – Nadine Dimitrievitch
Marketing/Stage Manager – Bronwyn Dunston
Design – Nadine Dimitrievitch
Musician and Composer – Rebecca Scully
Lighting Realisation – Ryan Hodge
Lighting Consultant – Tom Willis
Set Realisation – Deiter Barry

Venue

Revolt Melbourne – The Dock Space
12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington, VIC

La Peste

Nadine Dimitrievitch – Director / Designer 

At the age of three Nadine performed in her stage debut ‘The Court of Flora’ by Meryl Tankard in 1992. Since then she has danced, acted, directed, designed and choreographed. In 2013 Nadine founded the physical theatre company Bone Marrow Theatre. She recently produced, directed and designed ‘La Peste’ as part of Bone Marrow Theatre’s company in residence program at Revolt Melbourne Artspace. In 2013 she produced, directed and performed in EXODUS, during the 2013 Melbourne Fringe. Nadine finished the two year professional course at the world-renowned school L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris 2013. She obtained The Aim for the Stars Scholarship to aid her with her studies abroad. After finishing Jacques Lecoq she was then invited to perform at Le Festival d’Avignon 2012, France, with Made The World Over Theatre performing in ‘Le Reve de Papillion’. As a child and teenager Nadine worked for The Canberra City Opera and extra’d for The Australian Ballet. She completed her ‘Diploma of Theatre Arts’ in 2007 at Swinburne University. Nadine performed and collaborated in ‘Petrouchka’s Nightmare’ at the BMW Edge, Federation Square in 2009. Nadine has trained in Ballet since the age of three, and has trained in other movement-based disciplines including kung fu, contemporary dance and circus arts. She has given workshops in theatre, movement and ballet in Paris and Australia. Nadine was awarded ‘The Creative Young Stars Grant’ and the ‘New Blood Arts Residency’ with the Kingston Arts Centre for the development of EXODUS in 2013. Nadine is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bone Marrow Theatre and is currently devising ‘Mythologies’ a solo physical theatre performance to be showcased at Revolt in September 2014.

Zeynep İncir Göksu  Dramaturg

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Zeynep graduated as an engineer in 2007 but it was her passion for theatre that shaped her life. She graduated as a dramaturge from Ankara University in 2012 and started her graduate degree program in Philosophy in METU to strengthen her background as a dramaturge. During this period she worked with several non-profit theatre companies in Turkey, including Atölye Oyuncuları, Tiyatro Ayakbağı, and ODTÜ Oyuncuları. She began her journey as an actor, then started working as a dramaturge and also as a director. The productions she was involved were mostly based on dramatizations of short stories from various writers including Oscar Wilde and Sait Faik. In 2010 she worked as an intern with Border Crossings, which is a multicultural theatre company based in London. At the beginning of 2014 Zeynep moved from Turkey to Melbourne, following her passion for theatre and is now a member of Bone Marrow Theatre.

 

Ensemble: 

 
 Allen Laverty
Allen Laverty - La Peste - Bone Marrow Theatre

Allen has extensive experience as an actor, theatre-maker and teacher and is passionate about collaboration, physical performance, improvisation, clown and comedy. As an actor Allen has toured nationally and internationally and performed with wide range of companies including Empire Theatre Project Company, La Mama, deBASE Productions, Strut & Fret Production House, AS Theatre, The Good Room, Wilde Applause, Regional Arts Victoria and Queensland Arts Council.  He as facilitated workshops in acting, movement, clown and physical theatre and has taught for Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, University of Southern Queensland, Backbone Youth Arts, Flipside Circus, Verve Acting Studios and Footscray Community Arts Centre.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) from the University of Southern Queensland (2001) where he was awarded the Creative Arts Award for Theatre. In 2006 Allen trained with the Dell’arte International School of Physical Theatre Summer School where he furthered his interest in theatre-making. Allen joined Melbourne Playback Theatre Company ensemble in 2011 and has been a proud member of MEAA since 2001.

 Jennifer Ashley
Jennifer Ashley -La Peste - Bone Marrow Theatre

Jennifer hails from Brisbane, Queensland however proudly and happily calls Melbourne her home now! With a BA in Fine Arts (Acting) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Jennifer spent her early 20’s travelling the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska with Disney Cruise Lines as a performer and then Entertainment Officer. Moving back to Australia in 2012, Jennifer decided to give up all things secure and go after her dream whole-heartedly. Since then, Jennifer has been in numerous musicals, including RENT, The Producers, Bat-Boy, CATS and The Wedding Singer. She has added a long list of short-films to her CV and has subsequently commenced her own writing career by creating her own comedy series and specs for feature films. Jennifer is a freelance artist and ‘La Peste’ is her first theatre production in Melbourne. She is thrilled to be a part of such an amazing and inspiring group of people!

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson - La Peste - Bone Marrow Theatre
Scott Jackson graduated from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2008, Scott’s credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius) for the Australian Shakespeare Company, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz) for Robotfish productions, Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) and King Lear (Oswald) for Ozact Theatre Company, Henry V (The Dauphin), For Moreland Theatre Company, Shared Lines (Father) for Forest Collective, Aladdin (The Genie), King Arthur (King Arthur) and Cinderella (Prince Charming) for Alphashows Children’s Musical Theatre Productions, Banana Republic (Julian) for Melbourne Fringe Festival, Spring Awakening (Herr Gabor), The Antipodes (Byplay), and his most beloved role of The Emcee in Cabaret. Scott Also had the wonderful opportunity to work with some indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory for the Walking With Spirits Festival in July 2013. Scott is excited for this new collaborative work. Hope you enjoy it!

 Sarah Hall

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Sarah has recently returned to Melbourne after living for two years in Paris. In her time overseas she completed a year long academic exchange at Sciences Po, trained briefly at Jacques Lecoq and worked with EICAR (the International Film School of Paris).  She has trained extensively with Peter Vickers (RADA) and played the role of Cara in his feature film “The Love that Lasts Forever” (Fascination Pictures). Since her return she has performed in the ensemble production of Brecht’s “The Exception and the Rule” (Ubermensch Theatre) and is currently exploring Suzuki and Viewpoints physical training with Brisbane’s Zen Zen Zo. She is delighted to be involved with Bone Marrow Theatre and embark on the journey of “La Peste”. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature and Philosophy) and Diploma in Languages (French) from the University of Melbourne.

Morgaine Presser

Morgaine Presser - Bone Marrow TheatreMorgaine began her circus training in 2007 at Out of the Blue studios in Fitzroy. In 2008 she was accepted into second year at Circo Arts in Christchurch and was offered her first touring contract the same year. She toured with Circus Aotearoa for two seasons then moved to Wellington to teach at the Wellington Circus Trust and performing for companies such as Awkward Productions and Fuse Productions. In her time in New Zealand she performed at festivals such as Rhythm and Vines and the Wellington Circus Festival, corporate events, bars and cabarets.

In 2010 Morgaine moved back to Melbourne to further her training and has since performed at the Tasmanian Circus Festival, Perth Fringe and other venues around Melbourne.

Rebecca Scully Cellist and Composer

Rebecca Scully - Bone Marrow Theatre

Rebecca is giving you your note, counting you ‘in’ and slurring your duplets. She is an American-trained, Australian stage orchestral musician performing locally and internationally for the last half-decade. Highlights of late include several Australian and world premiere performances; an orchestra tour of China; an orchestra tour of central Victoria; commissioning the creation of a Melbourne-made double bass complete with low-C extension; from Melbourne luthier – the composer’s brother – Daniel Scully; and becoming a godparent. She is currently preparing an historically informed recital of the works of F.V. Zappa on gut strings, in the style of the late 17th century Austria, and training as a church organist with David MacFarlane. She is touched by the invitation to write a score with Bone Marrow Theatre for their upcoming season of ‘La Peste’

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