Friday, October 28, 2016

RUMPUS. 2012 - 2016

Photo: Justin Batchelor

It’s 1989. George Bush is President of the U.S.A. Hundreds are killed in Tiananmen Square. The Cold War is ending. The Berlin wall is falling. At the bottom of the world a child is sent to detention. The child begins a series of messages, an SOS, to its future self. 

Twenty seven years later the child's messages are found. RUMPUS is the long awaited reply.

RUMPUS is a contemporary performance by Ahmarnya Price. Through a combination of installation, animation, live storytelling, soundscape, lip syncing and bad dance moves audiences are taken on a wild but charismatic tour through the wormholes of time and space. Together, using the structure of the book 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak and gathering content from extracts of Ahmarnya's 1989/1990 diary, we examine parallels between the local school yard and the global political arena in order to begin asking how the experience of play turned violent can so easily be created and ultimately 'WHO is going to say STOP!'?  

In March 2016 RUMPUS debuted it's first season to sold out audiences at Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of The Festival Of Live Art (FOLA).



Following Photo's by Nicole Cleary

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