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Bakkhai: Freedom and Control



In Greek myth, the Bakkhai are a group of wild and strange women accompanying Dionysos, god of wine and revelry. In Euripides’ tragedy, Dionysos returns to his birthplace of Thebes, bearing a grudge and heralding change. But how much freedom is a good thing for Thebes? How much control should a leader exert?

Including costumes and masks by Sky River, sculpted thyrsoi and animations by Dan Rooney, soundscapes by Rachelle Rechichi and photography by Sarah Mills, Bakkhai: Freedom and Control is an exhibition of work developed for BREC’s 2018 stage show, seen here in a gallery context that illustrates the collective creativity of the artists.

As leader of this diverse group of emerging artists, Vahri McKenzie curates the work around two concepts: a shared studio practice that fosters collaboration within improvisational freedom; and as guided by the potent metaphor ‘Thebes of the South West’, a place of the imagination that reflects both our home in the South West of Western Australia as well as the deep philosophical and cultural history of Western thought and art-making.

Tickets are FREE, registration essential.

Exhibition open for public viewing from 10th - 18th November 10.00am - 3.00pm daily in the ECU Learning Hub (Downstairs at Maker).

Earlier Event: 13 October
Community Road Safety Challenge
Later Event: 17 November
South West Web Girls