Event The Shape of Time
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Venue St John's Hall, Paddington, NSW
First Date 11 September 1980
Opening Date 1980
Last Date 21 September 1980
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere Yes
Description "This season was a double premiere - it was the first full-scale production of this Theatre troupe and the first time Corporeal-Mime has been seen in a full-length show in Australia. The numbers are not written but grow out of many months of improvisation." Article
"Elisabeth Burke and Pierre Thibaudeau have astonishing mastery over their muscles. Their skilful shifts of weight and balance can be caught and held as surely as a film might be halted in mid-action..." Jill Sykes, SMH.
"“We are stunned not by their defiance of gravity, but by the sense of it that governs their every move" Kerry Brown,
“It is a delight to see their indivisibility, grace and absorption", Carol Payne, North Shore Times Feb 25 1981.
Description Source Article
Primary Genre Other
Secondary Genre Performance Art
Corporeal Theatre
Subjects Aesthetics
Daily life
Performance art
Name Function Notes
Gerard Brophy Composer SCMT (ETL) commissioned "Hydra" for the act "The Shadow of Time". Performed by 3 percussionists. Recorded for the performance.
Peter Kerin Composer Composed music for "carvings" : Act 1 In the Quarry, Act 2 The Block, Act 3 Unbound Figures. He played the piano and it was recorded for the show.
Jean-Louis Buhagiar Costume Maker Designed and created the tights.
Elisabeth Burke Costume Maker Costume and prop maker
Pierre Thibaudeau Costume Maker Costume and prop maker
Pierre Thibaudeau Designer Stage Designer for all Entracte (SCMT) performances except On Archeology. Publicity designer for this show.
Elisabeth Burke Director
Pierre Thibaudeau Director
Michael Manuell Lighting Designer
Gary Luke Lighting Operator
Michael Askill Percussionist Percussionist for "Hydra". Recorded for the performance.
Colin Piper Percussionist Percussionist for "Hydra". Recorded for the performance.
Elisabeth Burke Performer
Pierre Thibaudeau Performer
Catherine De Lorenzo Photographer B&W photos and negatives, and colour slides in the Entr'acte archives.
Peter Kerin Pianist Composed music for "carvings" : act ! In the Quarry, Act 2 The Block, Acte 3 Unbound Figures. He played the piano and it was recorded for the show.
Michelangelo Poet
Just Jilly Set and/or Property Maker Made the grey backdrop
Sita Stannard Set and/or Property Maker Made the blue sheet
Paul Galloway Sound Operator/Engineer
Christopher John Snow Voice Over Artist For some of the sonnets of Michelangelo, used in "Carvings" - a piece in three acts - the second half of the show.
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information THE SHAPE OF TIME 1980-1982: Re 4. Data Sources Note: the above files cover performances across three years. The show premiered at Kelvin Grove in Brisbane; Sydney premiere season at St John's Hall. Repeat season at Seymour Centre. Toured to Adelaide Festival, Melbourne, and segments of the show were performed around Sydney, and as far as Montreal,
Data Source
Source Description
Review Following reviews in EP05: Jill Sykes,"Flashes of Brilliance", The Sydney Morning Herald, Sept 13, 1980. Carol Payne, “Corporeal art technique of bodily grace”, North Shore Times, September 1980. Kerry Brown, “Body and Soul”,
Entr'acte Archives Photos: EP05; ETL06: Negatives and proof sheets; ETL08: B&W Carvings.
Entr'acte Archives Programs, publicity and reviews; ETL10, EP05
Review Carol Payne, "Corporeal mime an art shape", North shore times (the Arts), Wed, February 25 1981. Jill Sykes, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, Sept 17, 1983 Mary Emery, The Australian, Monday, September 19, 1983
Entr'acte Archives ETL21: Videos x 5, USPS_001-3; 024-28, 042; 069; 072-3: digitised by University of Sydney Performance Studies following inundation.
CV EB&PT long CV-unedited 1979-1991, p.1, Entr’acte Archives
Book Performing Arts Year Book of Australia 1980
Entr'acte Archives Slides; ETL02: Tray 3; ETL04: unmounted; ETL05: a few.
Entr'acte Archives ETL24: Music Masters and Performance 21 x reel-to-reel 5" and 7" ETL26.1: Music audio cassettes for rehearsal x 4.
Event Identifier 142784