LES MYSTÈRES DU LOUVRE
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 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:
Julian Burnside AO QC
The John and Myriam Wylie Foundation
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