Event Refractions
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Venue The Performance Space, Redfern, NSW
First Date 15 September 1983
Last Date 8 October 1983
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere Yes
Description "...The Bauhaus imagination has been used as a starting point or visual reference for the group to develop an entirely new image.....
Entr'acte's work...is notable for its conceptual imagination, ability to use space, strong sense of form and shape...and its excellent design. It would put many of our more established groups to shame." Mary emery, The Australian, Mon 19/9/1983.

"A profusion of ideas in design and movement, explored through inquiring minds and flexible bodies, makes Refractions an absorbing, enjoyable and stimulating presentation.
Inspired by the startling imagination of the Bauhaus artists, they have drawn on similar basic material as their starting point doe refractions: the sphere, pyramid and cube; straight and curved lines; studies in black and white; primary colours.
They have designed simple props and developed the style and substance of their movement around them....the inanimate object can take on a mobility and personality of its own....it adds up to a theatrical event..." Jill Sykes, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 17/9/1983
Description Source Reviewer's Opinion
Primary Genre Other
Secondary Genre Test Ensemble
Performance Art
Corporeal Theatre
Name Function Notes
Christopher Allen Administrator
Peter Kerin Composer
Jean-Louis Buhagiar Costume Designer
Mary Shanahan Costume Maker
Christian Mattis Designer
Pierre Thibaudeau Designer
Lesley Buckley Devisor
Elisabeth Burke Devisor
Christian Mattis Devisor
Leisa Shelton Devisor
Pierre Thibaudeau Devisor
Josef Stejskal Graphic Designer
Gary Luke Lighting Designer
Lesley Buckley Performance Artist
Elisabeth Burke Performance Artist
Christian Mattis Performance Artist
Leisa Shelton Performance Artist
Pierre Thibaudeau Performance Artist
Catherine De Lorenzo Photographer
Brian Findlay Photographer
Christian Mattis Photographer
Brian Findlay Properties Master / Mistress
Jennifer Rose Properties Master / Mistress
Mary Shanahan Stage Manager
Gary Luke Technical Manager
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information Based on ideas and theatre of the Bauhaus.
Data Source
Source Description
CV EB&PT long CV, p.2, Entr’acte Archives
Entr'acte Archives ETL02: slides - research slides of Paul Klee's work, Nullabor, Wave Rock, Pinnacles, The Performance Space 1984. Indonesia 86&87.
Entr'acte Archives ETL26.1: Audio performance cassettes including ABC interview with Jill Sykes re Refractions 14/9/83, masters for Gt.Brit. ETL21-22; USPS_18,_40, _44, _50-52; EPV01&05 Videos
Review Mary Emery, “Human Sculpture That is a model of its kind”, The Australian, Monday, September 19, 1983
Review Jill Sykes, “Refractions: it’s sculpture in motion”, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, Sept 17, 1983
Entr'acte Archives ETL10 - folder of programs, leaflets and reviews EP05: Photos and reviews across many iterations EP07: Photos, negs, proof sheets and & unmounted Slides ETL08: B&W photos and negs
Event Identifier 142427