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The Australians are Coming! The Australians are Coming!

Posted September 16th, 2009

The Live Arts Festival has mad love for Australia this year. First, small metal objects from Back to Back Theatre opens tonight at the 40th Street Field in University City. You will go, you will wear headphones, and it may take you a minute to figure out who’s acting, and who’s just passing by. Site-specific work represent! But if you’re worried about the weather, then you picked the wrong place to stay, because this show is happening rain or shine. To learn a little more about small metal objects and Back to Back Theatre, read Andrew Zitcer’s great Q&A with Alice Nash, their executive producer. Then watch this preview video below:

And Mortal Engine from Chunky Move promises to be one of the most visually arresting performances any of us have seen in quite some time—possibly ever. Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t watched their preview video. They dance with light! OK, that might be a little reductive, but it certainly looks that way:

I’m excited about both, and I will put SEPTA to the test tomorrow as I try to rock them back to back (get it? get it? But really, I only have like 30 minutes between them)! smo (I can call it that because we’re friends) is up first at 5:30 pm, and then Mortal Engine at 7:00. If I’m late, SEPTA, you can step into my office . . .

–Nicholas Gilewicz