Back to Back Theatre i(5 works by) (Organisation) assertion
Born: Established: 1988 Geelong, Geelong City - Geelong East area, Geelong area, Geelong - Terang - Lake Bolac area, Victoria, ;
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Back to Back Theatre, a contemporary theatre company, is based in the regional centre of Geelong, Victoria. 'Back to Back has forged its own unique relationship to theatre, developing an original, distinctive artistic voice and a working process that supports its ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities as its creative core.' Back to Back Theatre works with community members (predominantly with disabilities) from its local community and across the world.

Source: Back to Back Theatre website, http://www.backtobacktheatre.com
Sighted: 14/10/2008

Awards for Works

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich 2009 single work drama

'"Ganesh Versus the Third Reich' is a serious investigation into the issues about cultural appropriation: it explores who has the authority to tell stories, and how - via symbols, rituals and the like - stories can be told.

Back to Back Theatre is a theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core. In presenting "Ganesh Versus the Third Reich", Back to Back is seeking, in part , to examine how individuals who are perceived to be outsiders (of all kinds), can comment and respond to, and so by extension, be more strongly integrated into a pluralistic society. Through our work, we are seeking to engender dialogue and tolerance. In our opinion, Ganesh is treated with great respect in the work. His integrity and status is never threatened. He is all powerful.

Ganesh is the hero of the work and has an embodiment of goodness and greatness. The representation of Ganesh is not ridiculed or engaged in violent action in the performance. In developing the show, Back to Back Theatre has researched how Ganesh and other deities have been represented in cinema, theatre, graphic novels and dance from the 1960s to the present.

We consider the representation of Ganesh in the work is within the parameters of the cannon that currently exists. We would like to assure members of the Hindu community that it is not our intent to portray Ganesh in a way that is disrespectful. We regret any inadvertent concern or apprehension about the play which may have arisen prior to its performance. Source: www.malthousetheatre.com.au/ (Sighted 04/10/2011).

2012 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work For the production by Back to Back Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival.
2012 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Play For the production by Back to Back Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival.
2009 winner AWGIE Awards Kit Denton Fellowship
Food Court 2008 single work drama

'Set in the lush minimalism of an illuminated white void, the story of one woman's humiliation is played out in a psychological space constructed from light and sound. Luminously fragile, 'Food Court' is a near death experience in a suburban wonderland where a small fatality of dignity takes place between The Asian Hut and The Juice Bar.'

Source: Back to Back Theatre website, http://www.backtobacktheatre.com/
Sighted: 14/10/2008

2009 nominated Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best New Australian Work
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