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 3D projection, 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. 

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

Dramaturgy: Hallie Shellam

Director: Louise Howlett

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

Second Creative Development

The bulk of the focus for our second stage creative development of 'Les Mystères du Louvre’ will be on finishing the script. We will be strengthening 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 Townhall in late March, primarily to devise the ‘missing’ scenes, flesh out the new character and to introduce 3D mapping elements.  This was a very successful undertaking and resulted in some inspired sequences which have now been added to the piece. 

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

Development Days - Northcote Town hall March 2018

Photography by Aaron Walker

Showing at Gasworks Arts Park September 2018

Photography by Pier Carthew

A year’s work on ‘Les Mystères du Louvre’ recently culminated in a Work in Progress Showing for our supporters and donors at Gasworks. We presented three scenes as a mock-up to a full house and then a Q and A with the Director and Cast. 
It’s very exciting to see how the piece is evolving with every presentation...

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.

FIRST CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT

Arena Theatre Residency July 2016

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