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Over the course of the seven years they worked together (1986-1993), the performers of The Sydney Front transformed themselves from the extravagant display of frenzied divas in their first work, Waltz (1987), to stage managers invisibly influencing the actions of the audience as they enacted The Stations of the Cross in Passion (1993).
This DVD presents a kaleidoscope of images and archive footage from all seven of The Sydney Front’s major works, accompanied by observations from the voices of the company members still working in Sydney. The images and commentary from the performers reflect on The Sydney Front’s shifting encounters with their audiences and their unfolding working methods.
Warning: Sydney Front's performances may contain corse language, adult themes and nudity. Suitable for 18+ years old.
Disc 1: Staging the Audience – An overview of The Sydney Front's philosophy and main achievements in using space, both for the performance and the audience, staging and involving the Audence, aspects and celebration of pleasure and pain, dveloping content. 68 mins
Disc 2: Extended Interview with the members of The Sydney Front (2011-12) illustrated with short excerps of the performances. 150 mins
Disc 3: CD-Rom Resource Pack: 326 pages
Also available: Waltz, John Laws/Sade: a confession, The Pornography of Performance, Photocopies of God, Don Juan, First and Last Warning, Passion
Questions that drove The Sydney Front's work were: ‘why do people like to look? and why do others enjoy being looked at?’ - Performing the Un-Nameable; eds Allen and Pearlman, Currency Press, Sydney, 1999
The work tested ' the shifts in power and the explosions of pleasure that happen between the spectator and the performer. ‘ - Company publicity material, 1988
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