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Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Vinner av Den internasjonale Ibsenprisen for 2022, den australske teatergruppa Back to Back, gir deg en gripende, hjertevarm, vakker og avvæpnende forestilling full av sårbarhet og underfundig åpenhet. 

Ganesha, den hinduiske guden med elefanthodet, reiser gjennom Nazi-Tyskland for å ta tilbake hakekorset, som opprinnelig er et eldgammelt hinduisk symbol. Gjennom denne uredde heltens reise, begynner skuespillerne selv å føle på tyngden av ansvaret man har som historieforteller. I tillegg reises spørsmål rundt kulturell appropriasjon.

Forestillingen Ganesh Versus the Third Reich forteller også historien om en ung mann som inspireres til å lage et teaterstykke om Ganesha, som også er guden for å overvinne hindringer.

Den unge mannen er en «hvermannsen», som selv må finne styrke til å overvinne vanskeligheter i eget liv – og forsvare stykket sitt og samarbeidspartnerne sine mot en anmassende kollega.

Oppsetningen blir til foran øynene våre og begynner å leve sitt eget liv. Den inviterer oss til å undersøke hvem som har rett til å fortelle en historie og hvem som har rett til å bli hørt. Den utforsker vår medvirkning i å skape og dekonstruere verden, menneskets muligheter og håp.

Visningstider

“A vital sense-sharpening tonic for theatregoers who feel they’ve seen it all.”

New York Times

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“A remarkable production that never lets you settle into passive acceptance of anything it does. It’s a vital, senses-sharpening tonic for theatergoers who feel they’ve seen it all.”

The New York Times

“Fascinating, often oddly beautiful, and…seriously alarming too.”

The Guardian

Priser:

  • The Age Critics’ Award for beste nye verk på Melbourne Festival 2011
  • Australian Green Room 2011 for beste regissør, beste produksjon og beste ensemble
  • Helpmann Award 2012 for beste skuespill
  • Herald Angel Critics’ Award 2014

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Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

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Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

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Foto: Candy Welz

Foto: En mann på alle fire under et bord som ser mot kamera. Oppå bordet ligger et elefanthode, og bak bordet står en annen mann

Foto: Jeff Busby

Foto: Jeff Busby

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In English

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich is poignant, beautiful, disarming, full of vulnerability and sly transparency.

The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh travelling through Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. As this intrepid hero embarks on his journey a second narrative is revealed: the actors themselves begin to feel the weighty responsibility of storytellers and question the ethics of cultural appropriation.

Cleverly interwoven in the play’s design is the story of a young man inspired to create a play about Ganesh, god of overcoming obstacles. He is an everyman who must find the strength to overcome the difficulties in his own life, and defend his play and his collaborators against an overbearing colleague.

The show is made before our very eyes and takes on its own life. It invites us to examine who has the right to tell a story and who has the right to be heard. It explores our complicity in creating and dismantling the world, human possibility and hope.

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich premiered at Malthouse Theatre on Thursday 29 September 2011. Winner of the 2011 The Age Critics’ Award for best new work at the Melbourne Festival, three 2011 Australian Green Room Awards for Best Director, Best Production and Best Ensemble, the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Play and the 2014 Herald Angel Critics’ Award.

The winner of The International Ibsenaward 2022, Back to Back Theatre, creates new forms of contemporary performance imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with a disability, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people. Based in the regional centre of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected contemporary theatre companies. In addition to its profes sional practice Back to Back collaborates intensively with communities around the world, with a focus on artistic excellence and elevated social inclusion for people with disabilities.

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Credits

Devisors: Mark Deans, Marcia Ferguson, Bruce Gladwin, Nicki Holland, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Kate Sulan, Brian Tilley & David Woods. Director and Design: Bruce Gladwin. Performers: Mark Deans, Simon Laherty, Scott Price, Brian Tilley & David Woods. Additional Performance: Georgina Naidu. Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Andrew Livingston, Bluebottle. Set Design and Construction: Mark Cuthbertson. Design and Animation: Rhian Hinkley. Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson. Mask Design and Construction: Sam Jinks & Paul Smits. Costume Design: Shio Otani. Translation: Karen Witthuhn & Greg Bailey. Script Consultant: Melissa Reeves. Creative Development Actors: Brian Lipson, James Saunders & Sonia Teuben. Sound Engineer: Marco Cher-Gibard. Stage Manager: Pippa Wright. Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh. Company Manager: Erin Watson. Artist Support: Nikki Watson. Senior Producer: Tanya Bennett. Executive Producer: Tim Stitz.

The premiere season of Ganesh versus the third reich was supported by Keir Foundation, Melbourne Festival, Malthouse Theatre, National Theatre Studio (London) and ANZ Trustees.

Back to Back Theatre is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Greater Geelong and acknowledges the support of the Department of Education & Training, Victoria, through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

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