20 Oct - 29 Oct 2018

small metal objects

small metal objects

Back to Back Theatre

Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, 1-8-26 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Jeff Busby

After their highly acclaimed performances of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich in 2013, Back to Back Theatre will return to Tokyo to present small metal objects as part of Australia now 2018.

A theatre show in the public domain; part voyeuristic meditation, part urban thriller.

An ingenious theatrical gem, small metal objects unfolds amidst the high-volume pedestrian traffic of Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park. With individual sets of headphones, the audience is wired into an intensely personal drama being played out somewhere in the crowd.

Gary and Steve are the kind of men who normally escape notice. But here they play an inadvertent but pivotal role in the night of two ambitious executives they’ve arranged to meet for a transaction. As the intimacy of their situation develops, small metal objects emerges as a sly and luminous depiction of everyday issues most take for granted.

Back to Back Theatre is driven by an ensemble of actors considered to have intellectual disabilities. Four actors from the ensemble will perform in Tokyo on this occasion.

Here, the company explores how respect is withheld from outsiders – the disabled or unemployed – who society deems ‘unproductive’. Set against the shifting backdrop of the city, the notion that everything has its price couldn’t be called into starker relief.

Based in the regional centre of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected contemporary theatre companies.

Seeking to make a body of work that exists in repertoire across time, the company tours extensively locally, nationally and internationally.

Since 1999, under the Artistic Directorship of Bruce Gladwin, the company has nurtured a unique artistic voice with an emphasis on the ensemble’s own commentaries on broad social and cultural dialogue. Created through a process of research, improvisation and scripting, new work is realised via collaboration between the ensemble, Artistic Director and guest artists.

In addition to its professional practice, Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world. This event is supported by Creative Victoria.

Performance details have been decided as follows (as of 4 Sept) ;

20 Oct (Sat) 14:00-

21 Oct (Sun) 11:00-/ 14:00-

22 Oct (Mon) 11:00-/ 14:00-

24 Oct (Wed) 11:00-/ 14:00-

25 Oct (Thur) 14:00-

26 Oct (Fri) 14:00-

27 Oct (Sat) 11:00-/ 14:00-

28 Oct (Sun) 11:00-/ 14:00-

29 Oct (Mon) 14:00-

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