‘Tower of Babel’ story-telling comes from the Bible, the Qur’an, pop culture, indie culture, and Babylonian traditions and texts.
The production uses a combination of live performance, video scenography and soundscapes inviting people to physically, intellectually and emotionally experience unity and division. The audience will participate in the production: eating, drinking, dancing, playing, and knowing, and maybe even fearing, that they will eventually be scattered. We want to draw people into an engaging game.
‘Tower of Babel’ is the party where Nahid, an Iranian refugee, poet and journalist, and Marout a poet and documentary film-maker, bid us farewell before their trip to Iraq. Nahid and Marout are simultaneously mythical and contemporary figures. So is their farewell party.
The party brings a Babylonian story (the descent of Ishtar into the Underworld) into contact with an English memory of the Transit of Venus. It was the Transit of Venus which brought James Cook into the multi-lingual South Pacific.
This production is being written at a time of high tension in Australia about immigration from the Middle East, and Australia’s relationship with displaced people. It provides an alternative voice to mass media. The artistic approach adds vital fresh and residual perspectives to assist Australians in navigating racial tension.
‘Tower of Babel’ focuses on conversation as a point of unity and solidarity. The script and choreography aim to resource affirming multicultural relationships and public structures, as well as resist the powers that would divide and scatter people.
We have a lot of community support around this work already.
Metro Arts has come on board as co-presenter of this original work. With their support ‘Tower of Babel’ will have a 3-week creative development and a 3-week season in Metro Arts’ Sue Benner Theatre from 20 November until 7 December.
We have gained MATCH Lab funding to match any funds we raise dollar for dollar up to $10,000. So we need your help.
The funds we raise here will go towards artists fees and production costs.
We look forward to bringing you in to our community.