Victorian-based theatre makers THE RABBLE are developing a new epic, 18-part, ten-hour contemporary performance inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Ulysses is a seminal modernist text divided into eighteen episodes, each radically different in narrative style. It is a retelling of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey – Joyce takes Homer’s epic and translates it to the ‘everyman’, where we follow Leopold Bloom over the course of one day. Joyce makes his protagonists relatable and human, and the heroic is made natural (as opposed to a gift from the Gods).
THE RABBLE’S version of the novel will reimagine the story again. Leopold/Odysseus is a woman who we follow through a difficult day. The artists plan to transform mundane, everyday life back into the operatic. Like Joyce, they will investigate radical ways to break open form, with each episode encompassing a different formal experiment ranging from theatre, opera, installation and video.
THE RABBLE are undertaking an Incubator residency with Vitalstatistix, focused on creating a blueprint of the entire work using Gilbert’s Schema as a foundation.
This artist talk will explore the form, themes and future of this exciting and ambitious project.
THE RABBLE is an ongoing conversation between its Artistic Directors, Kate Davis and Emma Valente about aesthetic, space, gender, theatre and representation. They are one of Australia’s leading avant garde contemporary theatre companies, with a central project of reimagining familiar text and stories through a surreal and feminist lens. Since 2006, THE RABBLE has created and produced ten works in both Melbourne and Sydney. They have received Green Room Award Set and Costume Design nominations for Story of O, Outstanding Contemporary Performance nomination for Room of Regret, Production Design, Best Actor and Lighting Design nominations for Cageling, Sound Design nominations for Orlando, and received a Green Room Award for Design Integration for Special.