Australia’s policies towards refugees have hardened so dramatically in the last decade that we have drawn the ire of humanitarian agencies and the UN over possible human rights violations. Exodus bravely tackles this sensitive and contentious topic head on. Based on true events, Exodus will be a visceral experience. Aiming to create awareness and empathy through physical theatre.
Exodus depicts stories from different times and places. These stories parallel each other in a voyage toward acceptance in the Australian community. Using history as a counterpoint we seek to understand how drastically Australian opinion has hardened toward asylum seekers.
‘If we look back to our roots we may discover that in our own family line there is a story of the necessity to escape ones country to survive,’ says director Nadine Dimitrievitch, who has included an autobiographical account of her Great Grandparent’s escape to Australia during the Russian Revolution in EXODUS. This story is weaved in with works of fiction about a contemporary Australian family.
Nadine Dimitrievitch will use the skills that she learnt at the the theatre school Jacques Lecoq, Paris, in the developmental process of Exodus. The sixty minute production will be told with a small chorus of performers, accompanied by gestural evocation of images. We will use a mimodynamic approach, a method allowing the actor to discover physical movements which translate into bodily action arousing sensations using colours, materials and the elements to transpose images and play characters. Furthermore, the production will explore different styles of theatre including chorus, masks, and dance to create Exodus. We will work collaboratively through improvisation and with a diverse range of artists to create a unique style of theatre.
Exodus will be a visceral experience. We are attempting to provoke empathy by not only using words, but also movement, sound and light. So that the audience does not just hear the story, but feels it.
Bone Marrow Theatre was selected for the New Blood Development Program (Arts Residency) at the Kingston Arts Centre to develop Exodus. Nadine Dimitrievitch was awarded the ‘Creative Young Stars Grant’ to contribute to the production.
“Exodus is a whirlwind of sensory experience that lends itself to communicating emotional truths, with its flickering lights, ominous shadows, and the tumultuous movements of its actors” Kimberly Croxford
Directed by Nadine Dimitrievitch
Writer Anna Snoekstra
Co-Produced by – Nadine Dimitrievitch and Imogen Thomas
Folkloric Choreographer – Elena Sanina
Production/Stage Manager – Imogen Thomas
Production assistant – Sarah Whitaker
Costume – Chloe Greaves
Sound Designer & Composer – Russell Goldsmith & Nick McCorriston
Lighting Design – Tom Willis
Set – Yunuen Perez
Interwebs – Ariel Segal
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013
Venue: Revolt Melbourne – The Dock Space
Producer, Director, Performer
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.
Anna Snoekstra majored in Cinema and Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne (2009), and completed the Advanced Screenwriting Diploma (2011) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Anna has written and directed several short films that have been featured in local and international film festivals as well as directing music videos for local independent musicians. Her video works have recently been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Anna’s short story ‘The Siren’ which was included in ‘Reaching Out: Messages of Hope’, an anthology published by Harper Collins for UNICEF in June 2013 along with some of Australia’s most prominent Young Adult writers. She is a film reviewer for The Melbourne Review and Milk Bar Magazine.
Andre graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama in 2005. As an actor, he has appeared on film, television and stage for various companies and independent ensembles. Highlights include Hugo (AFC/Thaumatrope Productions), The History Boys (MTC), East (La Mama and The Seymour Centre), Inheritance (Full Dress Productions), Wendy and Too Hot To Handle (Jigsaw Theatre Company), Arabian Night (Griffin Stablemates/Bob Presents), Summerfolk (Bob Presents) and Alaska (Under the Wharf). Andre has worked on developments/readings for STC, Stuck Pigs Squealing, Theatre@Risk and other independent companies. As a musician, he has accompanied cabaret performers at Melbourne’s Butterfly Club, performed as part of a vocal/piano duo, played with independent singer/songwriters and worked with Sydney comedian Buster Daniels as musical director. Andre assisted on the sound design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (B Sharp/Arts Radar) and made his debut as the composer/sound designer for 2010’s Parlour Song (B Sharp/MT Productions). Andre lived in Paris, France for two years where he trained for an extended period with master theatre teacher and practitioner Philippe Gaulier. He has recently returned from Malaysia where he worked as a co-facilitator for the inaugural Kakiseni Arts Exchange.
Stephanie graduated from Lecoq in 2012 and the University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2008. Between her two main trainings she had been involved in a number of independent theater projects featured at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Big West festival. In the summer of 2009 and 2010 she was involved in a tour of A Midsummer Nights Dream around the gardens of VIC and SA with OZACT playing Hermia. In 2009 Stephanie also received an Artistic Menitorship with Western Edge Youth Arts, allowing her to develop her own performance concept ‘Love Dogs’ under the guidance of Yvonne Virsik. This opportunity lead her into an artistic partnership with the multidisciplinary arts group Forest Collective, staging several successful works around Melbourne, including a re working of Love Dogs at Loop of which she wrote, directed and performed. The most recent performance by Forest was shared sounds at the Abbotsford Convent. Stephanie was a recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural trust Grant in 2012, allowing her to continue her physical theater training in Paris at Lecoq. She has also spent time training with Zen Zen Zo physical theater in suzuki and viewpoints. Stephanie is a visual artist as well, using all her experience while on the stage or behind the scenes to create new and emersive work.
In 2012 Blake found growth at the prestigious ‘Stella Adler Academy of Acting’ in Los Angeles. He studied full time for the whole year and it was only a week into his studies that he was awarded a scholarship from the director of the school. It was also here where he was guided by golden globe winner, Milton Justice. He comes back to Australia with many new talents including accent training, voice (Linklater Technique), movement work (The Lucid Body) and The Adler Technique, making him internationally marketable. Blake has worked both on stage and behind the camera. He has recently worked on the stage shows ‘Closer’ (Patrick Marber), ‘The Laramie Project’ (Moisès Kaufman), and ‘Henry V’ (William Shakespeare). His latest film and television credits include feature film ‘Comatose’ by TVC, ‘metro wifi guy,’ and short film ‘Prey.’
He is very excited and honoured to be involved with a performance that deals with immigration and what it is to have identiy. He thanks his loved ones for support and their inspiration. Blake is represented by MCM McMahon Management.
After spending four years travelling and training throughout the USA, UK, Europe, Middle East and parts of North Africa, Imogen worked as a stage and screen actress in Brisbane for a handful of years. Queensland theatre credits include Angry Young Women in Low-Rise Jeans with High-Class Issues (Mixed Company), for which she received a Del’Arte Chart Award for Favourite Female Performer – 2009, Amadeus (4MBS); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Harvest Rain), andTwelfth Night (Starlight Productions). Since migrating to Melbourne in 2012, Imogen has been involved with the Ward Theatre Company Ensemble, and recently played the role of Amy Randall in Broken Mirror’s Production of Tape, which received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Network and cable television credits includeUnderbelly: Squizzy, Neighbours, Charades, The Digger, along with a swag of national TVCs. Feature film credits include Bad Karma(Limelight International) which starred Ray Liotta and has enjoyed international release, Star Cross’d Jammers (Lead Jammer Films), and How I Became a Vegetarian (Inspiration Studios).
Imogen has trained extensively across the globe, including the full Meisner program with Ward Acting Studio (Melbourne), Atlantic Theatre Company (New York), CITI Company (New York), Zen Zen Zo (Brisbane), 16th Street (Melbourne), Practical Aesthetics with …and Moore Theatre Co. (Brisbane), tePooka Arts (Scotland), and touring programs with VCA and NIDA.
Exodus is Imogen’s physical theatre debut, and she is thrilled to be working with the team of creatives behind this production.