What happens when we are unwillingly thrust into the frontline of war? It can happen to anyone, anywhere. Our lives irrevocably and unpredictably changed in an instant. And what remains within us when we have escaped the warzone?
KaBooM is a physical performance event – its subject is War.
KaBooM is based on real stories of soldiers who have fought on the frontline. Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. The tale of Fabrice - a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machete wielding hordes; the tale of Majid, who deserted after fighting for 10 years in Saddam Hussein’s army; the tale of Ivor, who, as a 16 year old escaped the Holocaust to fight for his family in the Pacific Islands along with a guardian monkey.
Each of the 7 tales serves as a basis for 7 leading independent theatre directors to create a theatrical response. They use the body of one female performer and an arsenal of contemporary theatrical weapons - projections, aerial work, pulsing sound track from Bigtoxic - and elements – mud, water, tomatoes, hay – to create a series of interlocking performance vignettes.
Like a contemporary Scheherazade this performer functions as the central storyteller. She also adds an original feminine perspective to the tales of “Men at War “ by assuming complimentary and companion roles in the story telling - the war widow reading a last letter from the heat of battle; the absent lover; the daughter brought up with the ghosts of war constantly hovering in the background.
KaBooM positions the audience, as witness, into the midst of the performance arena. They are placed in a metaphorical field of war, populated with visual imagery and the debris of battle. Spectators are led to discrete performance areas. There is no fourth wall - the sense of involvement and engagement is direct.
KaBooM is both deeply personal and universal – as you read these words there is a war going on in several corners of the globe. This event takes fragments from humanity’s long and tragic involvement with global conflict and reduces them to the underlying human experience - stories of the real lives of ordinary people plunged into extraordinary circumstances.
The waves created by the “BooM” in KaBooM are sonic, emotional, psychological and physical; they all coalesce in this one unique piece of drama.
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