The Babel Project by G.R.I. 2007

09 Sep 2007 : Performance Space at Carriageworks, Sydney

I directed this work based on the topic of diaspora, loss of language and homeland and on the continual flight of refugees leaving everythng behind, trying to carry with them memories, loved ones, books, possesssions. Crossing unfriendly borders. The set comprised a huge wire wall covered in jackets, intended to be a mobile tower. This was reached by long poles and ladders. Jackets rained down. This project employed a mobile lighting boom arm and huge full backdrop video projections by Sean Bacon. Fantastic performances from all the collaborating artists. Powerful and evocative soundtrack by Rik Rue. Footnote: this was unfortunately the last project with Rik, who has developed MS. Our son Zvi was born the morning after bump-out.

Project Details
Dates 09 Sep 2007
Duration 1 hour
Collaborators Performers : Ari Ehrlich, Victoria Hunt, Phillip Mills, Katia Molino, Ruark Lewis, Lee Wilson ; Set design & construction : Joey Ruigrok van der Werven ; Lighting : Sydney Bouhaniche ; Video artist : Sean Bacon ; Sound artist : Rik Rue ; concept, design and direction : Alan Schacher
Producer Gravity Research Institute
Category ensemble
Credits Funded by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW ; supported by Performance Space ; Video documentation : Michelle Mahrer