Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) presents Wasteland

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Wasteland is a new contemporary dance production inspired by T. S. Eliot’s ground-breaking modernist poem, ‘The Waste Land’. Featuring an exciting collaboration between contemporary dance and original composition, Wasteland interrogates what it means to be hopeful in times of crisis. Reviving dance at MUST, this striking theatrical experience renews Eliot’s portrayal of the “sterility and barrenness of modern culture” (Kristin Ruby) through the lens of climate anxiety.

For director and choreographer Siobhan Judge; “creating the visual imagery and movement of Wasteland in partnership with our composers has been wonderfully synergetic and powerful. Through our innovative creative process and performance, we aim to refuel our collective desire for a better and healthier world.”

Composers Anusha Yellapragada and Daniel Jasper Parr deliver a highly ambitious score, developed in close creative dialogue with movement artists: “The music of Wasteland is animated by the clashing of genres and cultures, leveraging our diverse musical backgrounds in contemporary Western classical and South Indian classical (Carnatic), musical theatre song-writing and avant-garde improvisation.”

One hundred years after the poem’s publication, its enduring relevance is retold through the youth who see the death of our land – our home. Join us from May 24 to experience this evocative and thought-provoking production.

MUST creates “the kind of theatre that blows me away every time… with an intelligence and a freedom that doesn’t restrict ideas.” (Sometimes Melbourne).

Created by Siobhan Judge, Midori Hong, Daniel Jasper Parr, Anusha Yellapragada, Freya Solnordal, Luca Edwards, Lee Su Min, Yasmin Bouzas, Lisa Baker, Jillian Doughty, Brendan McRae, Ayonna Saha, Alex McAll, Shakira Ariffin, Sam Pringle and collaborators.

Performances: 24 – 27 May Wed 24 – Fri 26 May, 7:30pm and Sat 27 May, 3:30pm & 6:30pm (60 mins duration) The MUST

Space: Grnd Flr, West Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk, Monash Clayton (google maps pin)

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Tickets: $14 MSA plus | $16 Concession | Full $20 NB. This production contains loud/dynamic sounds

Image by: Gabriel Young

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