"Ganesh Versus the Third Reich"

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Back to Back Theatre
Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

“Courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre. (5 stars)” —The Age

Australia’s leading independent theater company returns to the Walker with a disarming investigation of theater itself—a humorous yet poignant work for the near future full of rich metaphor and sly transparency. This cleverly interwoven tale-within-a-tale begins as the elephant-headed god Ganesh travels to Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. This epic hero’s journey prompts questions about cultural appropriation, exploitation, and abuse of power (both within the world and on the stage) with unflinching honesty. Conceived by Back to Back, whose ensemble primarily features actors with perceived mental disabilities, this deftly realized double narrative brims with striking visuals and surreal theatrical moments.

Performance information:
Thursday–Saturday, January 31–February 2
8 pm
Thursday, $18 ($15); Friday–Saturday, $22 ($18)

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