CHANTS DES CATACOMBES
In 2011, we set out to create a music theatre work that sat above genre and style. In this work we establish space for the audience to experience, feel, touch and be activating agents in bringing the world to life. This is a work ready to be shared, anew and again: visually beautiful, strangely upended and ritualistic.
Chants Des Catacombes is multi-disciplinary macabre musical theatre created by the Present Tense ensemble and popular Melbourne drum/violin duo The Twoks.
Site-specific theatre that mixes together music, dance, song, dialogue, scent, light and space, Chants Des Catacombes is like a ghost train and surprise party planned by your best friend. The story weaves together fact and mythology, alongside popular contemporary songs and classical music.
After three-sell out seasons: Donkey Wheel House Melbourne in 2011, the Old Adelaide Gaol in 2012 as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Old Castlemaine Gaol as part of the Castlemaine State Festival, the next stop must be Melbourne.
Rooted in the order, artistry and mythical resonance of popular and contemporary music, the resonance of memory through strangely familiar lyrics and phrases, we examine how music fragments can construct narrative to create a complex and compelling work of theatre.
Through rigorous engagement of the breath, the body and the voice alongside innovative use of musical instruments, architecture, space, design, immersive elements such as scent, food and drink; we create a dream like narrative. The memories of three murdered women are bound to the tunnels. Their stories are full of complex codes, patterns and repetition, like a mystery.