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  • WHEN /

    14 Apr - 6 May 

  • WHERE /

    Tower Theatre 

Season 2012

The Plague Dances

//And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. – Nietzsche

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  • WHEN /

    14 Apr - 6 May 

  • WHERE /

    Tower Theatre 

The phenomenon of dancing mania has left a mysterious trail through history – entire communities infected with a spontaneous urge to dance until they literally drop. It’s suicide with a backbeat, but what’s behind these lethal outbreaks? The devil’s drumming or religious ecstasy? Neurological decay or otherworldly arrival? A riot of motion and mayhem that spans from medieval rites to modern day marathons of mass movement, The Plague Dances is a dance of death with a contagious undercurrent.

Four Larks has emerged as one of the country’s most dynamic new collectives. In the most unexpected locations, they have created a series of transformative junkyard operas that blend lush visual assemblages with mesmerising original live scores. As Malthouse Theatre’s 2012 Company in Residence, Four Larks will have the opportunity to captivate new audiences with their unique brand of theatre. Clear your dance card.

‘The great strength of any Four Larks showis its singing. The increasingly complex vocal harmonies ... seem to fan out in three dimensions. As the stranger Hannelore, Esther Hannaford brings a light and creamy soprano into the mix.’

- THE AUSTRALIAN
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Created by / Four Larks (Mat Diafos Sweeney, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro and Jesse Rasmussen)
Written with / Marcel Dorney
Direction/ Mat Diafos Sweeney, Jesse Rasmussen, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro (movement)
Set Design / Sebastian Peters-Lazaro and Ellen Strasser
Costume Design / Ellen Strasser
Lighting Design / Tom Willis

The 2012 Company in Residence is supported by Danielle & Daniel Besen. This proect has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Photography by /  Garth Oriander