Feminist theatre makers THE RABBLE are developing an epic, multi-part durational performance event inspired and repulsed by James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Joyce’s Ulysses is a seminal modernist text divided into eighteen episodes, each radically different in narrative style. It is a retelling of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey; Joyce takes Homer’s epic and translates it to the banal, where we follow Leopold Bloom over the course of one day. THE RABBLE’S Ulysses will reimagine this story again. Rejecting the idea of the ‘everyman’, the modernist canon, and the large amount of space Ulysses takes up in it. Instead THE RABBLE will invent a series of experiments that investigate the intersections between intellectualism and femininity, to be performed over 10 hours.
This new work is being created through a partnership with Vitalstatistix and in collaboration with a team of South Australian artists, for presentation in 2020.
In July 2018, coinciding with THE RABBLE’S presentation of JOAN with Vitalstatistix, eight artists will join co-directors Emma Valente and Kate Davis for an initial investigation of the themes and forms of this ambitious performance project.
Creative team: Kate Davis and Emma Valente (co-directors, THE RABBLE) with Emma Beech, Rachel Burke, Alison Currie, Ray Harris, Jane Howard, Grace Marlow, Kate Power and Meg Wilson.
Workshop: 20-22 July 2018
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Developments for Ulysses have included:
Images from 2016 Melbourne development at The SUBSTATION. Photography by Kate Davis.