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Cordingley, A. (2024). [Set & Costume Design] Multiple Bad Things. By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giambattista Varesco. Directed by Tamara Searle and Ingrid Voorendt. Back to Back Theatre, Geelong, Brussels, Melbourne, 2024.

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Multiple Bad Things, an original new performance work co-directed by Ingrid Voorendt and Tamara Serle, produced Back to Back and authored by the ensemble, is creative research that emphasises process and people before product. It results in distinction across domains. Over three years, performers with profound extra abilities, disabilities and neurodiversity developed concepts orbiting fraught positionalities, entitlement and advantage, social domination, coercion and abuse. These topics inform a devised text, movement, and Cordingley's set, spatial and costume design. A non-naturalistic workspace, rife with aluminium tube and actuators, weather stations and renaissance clouds, this environment has evolved in a prompt-response-prompt mode across the years of developments. Unlike the typical pillars of good design, it makes harsh, uncomfortable demands of its performers, exploring the dignity of challenge and responsibility. The only Australian company to have ever won the prestigious international Ibsen Award and the Venice Golden Lion for Theatre, Back to Back is a globally recognised company. This is their first major work post-pandemic. Co-commissioned by international Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and Festival d'Automn in Paris, the Australian season comprises Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre; funding partners further include Creative Australia and Creative Victoria. The Guardian's Tim Byrne reviewed this significant work with 5 stars, writing: 'Technically, it's flawless. Anna Cordingley's set and costume design is shrewd and highly considered, bewildering and mechanistic in some ways but also capable of wonder and transformation… it holds its secrets and eventually delivers a powerful coup de theatre.'

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Place

Australia, Belgium

Venue

Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Malthouse Theatre

Start Date

2024-01-01

End Date

2024-05-31

Medium

Design for performance

Research Statement

Multiple Bad Things is research that emphasises process. Over three years, Back to Back ensemble performers with extra abilities, disabilities and neurodiversity developed concepts orbiting entitlement & advantage, social domination, coercion & abuse. These topics inform Cordingley's spatial design. Innovation here is witnessed in applied design process and creative daring: the environment has evolved in a prompt-response-prompt mode over multiple developments. Unlike the typical pillars of good design, this work makes harsh, uncomfortable demands of its performers, exploring the dignity of challenge and responsibility. The only Australian company to have ever won the prestigious international Ibsen Award and the Venice Golden Lion for Theatre, Back to Back is a globally recognised company. This is their first major work post-pandemic. Co-commissioned by international Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles and Festival d'Automn in Paris, the Australian season comprises Geelong Performing Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre; funding partners further include Creative Australia and Creative Victoria. The Guardian's Tim Byrne reviewed this significant work with 5 stars, writing: 'Technically, it's flawless. Anna Cordingley's set and costume design is shrewd and highly considered, bewildering and mechanistic in some ways but also capable of wonder and transformation… it holds its secrets and eventually delivers a powerful coup de theatre.'

Size or Duration of Work

Major, main-stage performance, 90 minute duration

Affiliation

Anna Cordingley, University of Melbourne

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