LES MYSTÈRES DU LOUVRE

'Le Radeau de la Meduse' by Gericault.

'Le Radeau de la Meduse' by Gericault.

Il était une fois...

‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ is a bilingual French/English theatrical experience combining projection mapping, installation and live performance to explore a world where the mundane and phantasmic collide. It will challenge the audience’s perception of history while immersing them in 21st century creativity.  

‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ opens the world of art and language to a young audience by immersing them in a multi-sensory experience which brings to life an iconic artwork, Géricault’s ‘The Raft of the Medusa’. The work invites the audience to explore the themes and history expressed in this painting, and to help them grasp their relevance to contemporary events and issues such as racism and the refugee crisis. The underlying message is that works of art belong to all and speak to all, not just the society from which they originate. 

Recipient of an Arena Theatre 130 Residency and shortlisted with PlayWriting Australia in 2016. Recipient of a MATCH Lab grant with Creative Partnerships Australia in 2017. 

‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ Facebook page, with all the latest information, can be found here.

FIRST CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

Arena Theatre Residency July 2016

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Louise Howlett

Arena Residency participants: Alicia Beckhurst, Nathalie Sem, Sue Williams, Josie Eberhard and Arta Mucaj.

Dramaturgy: Hallie Shellam

Second Creative Development

May - Sept 2018

Development Days - Northcote Town hall March 2018

The bulk of the focus for our second stage creative development of 'Les Mystères du Louvre’ was on finishing the script. We strengthened the narrative, especially in regard to introducing and developing a new character - une cantinière - the only woman on board the raft.

The creative team undertook three development days at Northcote Town Hall in late March, primarily to devise the ‘missing’ scenes, flesh out the new character and to introduce projection mapping elements. 

Second Creative Development participants: Alicia Beckhurst, Nathalie Sem, Arta Mucaj and Carolyn Myers Bock. Detailed bios of the creative team can be found here. 

Photography by Aaron Walker

Showing at Gasworks Arts Park September 2018

Photography by Pier Carthew


A year’s work on ‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ culminated in a Work in Progress Showing of three full scenes for our supporters and donors at Gasworks.

CREATIVE TEAM

Director/Producer - Louise Howlett.

Devisors/Actors – Alicia Beckhurst, Helen Hopkins, Damien Kenny, Arta Mucaj, Caroline Myers Bock, Nath Sem.

Dramaturgy - Alison Richards.

Photography/Videography - Aaron Walker, Pier Carthew.

With thanks to Northcote Town Hall and Gasworks.

THIRD Creative Development

sept 2019

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Photography by Aaron Walker

In January 2019, ReAction Theatre formed an industry partnership with the RMIT School of Design to develop some of the ground breaking technical aspects of ‘Les Mystères du Louvre.’ This included the ‘Hero’ piece – a highly complex digital animation which has ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ painting by Géricault gushing off a wall and completely engulfing the theatre space. Once accomplished, the team decided to tackle another section of he work, creating a stunning underwater scene. Our aim, in this creative development, was to explore ways of enhancing the wonder of theatre and the element of surprise which is part of what makes the theatre medium such a vibrant art form.

CAST and CREATIVES

Director/Producer - Louise Howlett.

Devisors/actors – Helen Hopkins, Damien Kenny, Caroline Myers Bock, Hannah Ruthven.

Digital Animation - Dr Gina Moore (Lecturer), Sahaj Garg, Homie XXX

Projection Mapping - Sahaj Garg, Homie XXX, Carlo A. Martinez-Tolentino.

Sound Design - Dr Darrin Verhagen (Senior Lecturer), Matthew Tankard, Angelina Crutchfield.

Set Design - Simon Curlis (Lecturer), Jacob Sandom.

Dramaturgy - Dr Alison Richards.

Movement Coordinator - Dr Sela Kiek - Callan.

With thanks to RMIT School of Design, RMIT Black Box Technical Team, VCASS, ENESS.

Clip by Aaron Walker and filming by Aaron Walker and Steve Thorne.

A condensed 3 minute version of the whole process of presenting two projection mapped clips from ‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ including installation, rehearsal and actual Showing.

With thanks to Homie Rathore, Sahaj Garg and Carlo A. Martinez-Tolentino

First rehearsal with thanks to Homie Rathore.

Our supporters...

Our second stage creative development was made possible through the support of our donors - philanthropic and individual supporters, businesses and the Australian Cultural Fund and Creative Partnerships Australia.

We would like to sincerely thank the following people and organisations for their generous support:

MAJOR DONORS

Julian Burnside AO QC

The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

Anonymous (2)

DONORS

Titiana Dickinson, Salva and Vince Lorefice, Georgia Denisenko, Peter Tagkalidis, Sarah Kilpatrick, Michelle Donohue, Edward Bressan, Marianne Rothschild, Hali Halphen, Natalie Duffy and Bartolos Scaffidi, Katrina Gow, Caroline Sharpen, Amanda Paragalli, Zanfina Ademi, Dennis Paphitis, Anna Blay, Hervé Autin, Alicia Cush, Alex Moloney, Fiona Austin-Weber, Susanne Gottstein, Filomena De Fazio, Fiona Greco, Greg Pandelidis, Brendon Gray, Jim Koutsoukos, Neil Croker, Anonymous (1)

SPONSORS

Liz Croyle - Durance en Provence, Armadale; Valerie Blayac - Spirits of France; Yannick Bezin - CANAL+; Romain Guillaume - Frencheese; Sandra Ira - France at Home; Amanda Burton - Frenchly Speaking; Christine Sakkal - Le Petit Lapin Cafe, Elsternwick.

SUPPORTERS

Allon Baron of abCreative for the clip below, Michel Richard at the Alliance française de Melbourne and Martin Aubrée of Franck Provost

Official Partner and major donor - The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

Official Partner and major donor - The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

Official Partner - FRANCK PROVOST

Official Partner - FRANCK PROVOST

Official Partner - Le Petit Lapin Cafe

Official Partner - Le Petit Lapin Cafe

Official Partner - France At Home

Official Partner - France At Home

Official Partner - FRENCHEESE

Official Partner - FRENCHEESE

Official Partner - CANAL+ Australie

Official Partner - CANAL+ Australie

Official Partner - Spirits of France

Official Partner - Spirits of France

Official Partner - Durance en Provence Armadale

Official Partner - Durance en Provence Armadale