Slanting into the Void – A Puppet Opera (Arts House, 2006) is a mythical story of humanity and love, loss and hope. A contemporary opera, more like a ‘rock opera’ or David Bowie concept album, it challenges the dynamics between body and puppet, theatre and score.
Based around an antique narrative, a woman loses her daughter into the void. Unable to deal with her loss she stands by the light of a lantern, staring into the void. Millennia pass and as she forgets her past, she is transformed into the lantern—her light revealing dark and disturbing images and worlds.
"Slanting Into The Void is a visually stunning excursion into a surreal world of myth and transformation."
(The Age, 2006)
Direction Melinda Hetzel
Composition Jethro Woodward
Text Lally Katz
Dramaturgy Luke Mullins
Lighting Design Richard Vabre
Set Design Anna Cordingley
Costume Design Marg Horwell
Featuring puppet design and performance by
Angela Orrego and Nick Barlow
Singers Caroline Lee and Adele Gregory
Filmed by Jeff Wortman & Andre Mauger
Edited by Ben Chessell & Nick Barlow
This production was supported by Arts Victoria and City of Melbourne - Arts House.
WARNING: This clip contains strong coarse language