Event Ostraka v.4
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Venue The Performance Space, Redfern, NSW
First Date 4 August 1988
Last Date 6 August 1988
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Part of a Tour Yes
Description Article quoting Patrice Pavis: "Ostraka was trying to invent a theatrical language, trying to experiment on voices and gestures and so on. And even if the result was not always quite coherent, it was possible to see a very definite intention there, an overall mise en scene." Article by Angela Bennie, The Australian, 12/10/88 (see below)

Programme: "Agamemnon leads the Greek armies to the Trojan War. While he is away, his wife Clytemnestra takes a lover. On his return, Clytemnestra murders Agamemnon with an axe. She, in turn, is slain by her son Orestes. It is one of the greatest, simplest and boldest of human stories. Ostraka focuses on one character and one moment of that story. Clytemnestra remembers the act of murder, the passions that led to it, the guilt that followed. She obsessively re-enacts the murder in a terrifying dream sequence. But as the act is repeated and dissected, the question arises: who is Clytemnestra?
Description Source Article
Primary Genre Other
Secondary Genre Test Visual Theatre
Physical Theatre
Group-devised
Avant-garde
Postdramatic
Corporeal Theatre
Organisations
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Barney Medlin Composer *additional music
Colin Offord Composer
Anna Kiener Costume Assistant
Melody Cooper Costume Designer
Pierre Thibaudeau Creator
Pierre Thibaudeau Director
John Baylis Dramaturg
Bruce Keller Dramaturg *additional dramaturgy
Janine Peacock Lighting Designer
Janine Peacock Lighting Operator
Elisabeth Burke Performer
Michelle Fox Performer
Terry Hansen Performer
Bruce Keller Performer
Jane Schneider Performer
Janice Slater Performer
Pierre Thibaudeau Performer
Brian Findlay Set and/or Property Maker
Neil Hawkes Set and/or Property Maker
Pierre Thibaudeau Set Designer
Marguerite Yourcenar Writer Text: Fire, Aidan Ellis
Data Source
Source Description
Entr'acte Archives ETL25-26: Music master Janice Slater. Audio Cassette Colin Offord.
Review Angela Bennie “Signs from the stage: analysing the moment” The Australian, Wednesday, October 12, 1988. This is a whole page article and interview with Prof. Patrice Paris. In it he praises the research of Entr’acte.
Entr'acte Archives EPV01: Video VHS ETL14: Video Umatics ETL16: Video Umatic (On Archeology & Ostraka) ETL20-21: Video VHS. Videos digitally archived at Sydney University:USPS_007, 035-36, _041, _048, _057
CV EB&PT long CV-unedited 1979-1991, p.4, Entr’acte Archives
Entr'acte Archives ETL10: programs, publicity & reviews. Program notes. ETL08: Photos EP11: Photos & reviews. Regis Lansac (On Archeology & Ostraka)
Performance Space Database
Review Angela Bennie “Signs from the stage: analysing the moment” The Australian, Wednesday, October 12, 1988. This is a whole page article and interview with Prof. Patrice Paris. In it he praises the research of Entr’acte.
Review Preview, Tim Lloyd, “Brief Scenes” The Advertiser, August (27?), 1988. Preview “Ostraka gem of theatre” Weekend Extra, The Advertiser, August 28, 1988
Review Murray Bramwell, “An innovative, absorbing interpretation of a Greek tale”, The Advertiser, Thursday, September 1, 1988.
Review “Ostraka explores mime”, The Border Watch, Mt. Gambier, Friday, August 12, 1988. Ostraka: great theatre, Mime workshop booked out” The Recorder, Port Pirie, Friday, August 12, 1988.
Event Identifier 142608