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This 2013 production utilized multimedia, contemporary performance, dance, and song to bring to life one of the greatest plays of the Western cannon — Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, Medea. Lauren Jackson stars in a bravura performance as Medea, well supported by the chorus of highly trained Zen Zen Zo performers bringing the traditional Greek Chorus to life through visually stunning physical theatre techniques and styles.

This documentary tracks the fascinating cultural event that took place when Dairakudakan, the world’s oldest and largest Butoh company from Japan, created a new work for Australian physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo. It features training,
rehearsals, and interviews, as well as footage of the performance of Gaia, an impacting new work about the current environmental crisis. Included is a 20-minute supplementary classroom exercises section that covers a number of Butoh exercises and training methods. 

NB: The documentary section contains some brief footage which includes partial nudity (in performance footage only) in line with the Butoh aesthetic.

Zen Zen Zo’s THE TEMPEST brings to life Shakespeare’s last play in Zen Zen Zo’s visually and aurally stunning promenade theatre house-style. Featuring 20 outstanding performers, this music-theatre production draws on Post-Colonial readings to breath new life into the “Others” of the island — Caliban, Ariel, and the dispossessed jesters — to challenge the powers that be. Filmed and Edited by PixelFrame & Produced by Simon Woods/Zen Motion.

A co-production with QUT Precincts and in collaboration with Dairakudakan & the Deep Blue Orchestra, this innovative contemporary performance piece invited an intimate audience of 4 patrons at a time to join us for a Sleepover, during which time they journeyed (on a king-sized bed!) through a surreal night of dreams, fantasies and nightmares. Each intimate audience pre-selected the tone of their night’s dreaming – playful & edgy OR sensual & sublime… Featuring 11 Zen Zen Zo performers, 1 Dairakudakan dancer, and 4 Deep Blue Orchestra musicians, this innovative new work took intimate and immersive theatre to a whole new level! 

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