THE DEMOCRATIC SET: Footscray Community Arts Centre Celebrating 40 Years
Back to Back Theatre’s ‘THE DEMOCRATIC SET: Footscray Community Arts Centre Celebrating 40 Years’ was filmed in May 2014 over 4 days, featuring 220 participants using the unique format of THE DEMOCRATIC SET to portray their story, their way.
Community participants were asked to create short live performances and screen-based video portraits to present ideas around the themes of democracy, equality and freedom. The individual stories were stitched together as part of an intensive editing process with the final piece screened at the FCAC: All In 40th Birthday Party, Saturday 8 November 2014.
Back to Back Theatre has delivered this project both nationally and internationally. The performances are always insightful, funny, hard-hitting and heartfelt – but above all, that are deeply human. The project explores the belief that all people are in principal equal and should enjoy equal social, political and economic rights and opportunities. Contributions are neither restricted or censored.
About Back to Back Theatre.
Based in Geelong, Back to Back Theatre is a regional theatre company of national and international significance. Back to Back creates new forms of contemporary theatre imagined from the minds of a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people.
During its 26-year history, Back to Back Theatre has presented its work in over 68 cities. The company has been the recipient of 15 national and international awards, including a 2012 Helpmann for Best Play for Ganesh Versus the Third Reich and the 2012 Australian Disability Service Award of Excellence for exemplary employment for people with disabilities. In addition to mainstage productions, Back to Back Theatre works in community contexts in Geelong and around the world, with a focus on artistic experimentation.
With a full time ensemble of five actors, Back to Back creates work that is idiosyncratic, passionate and at times confronting. With Bruce Gladwin as Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre has nurtured a unique artistic voice, placing the ensemble at the centre of social and cultural dialogue. Through a process of research, improvisation and scripting, and collaboration between the ensemble, Artistic Director and invited guest artists, new work is realised.