From Animal Farm Collective (Australia’s award-winning dance theatre company) comes a new work to continue the explorations of the highly popular Lawn, Road Kill and Food Chain. Good Little Soldier Daily life and trauma merge… part hallucination, part violent reality… as a family is exposed to combat Post Traumatic Stress.
There is Disorder.
Good Little Soldier looks at the damage inflicted on the mind and spirit of a soldier as it infects the family he returns to… collateral damage that is passed down through generations. Informed by the personal experiences of Director Mark Howett (the son of a veteran) Animal Farm Collective’s intense style of collective art-making has forged remarkable passages of high impact physical theatre and lyrical moments of fragility and endurance. These are woven into a reality-shifting narrative set in a domestic environment in which innocent actions become dangerous triggers for PTSD episodes. The hyper-vigilance of the soldier, lifesaving in war, shatters the civilians in his life.The work recently received a development phase at RadialSystemV, Berlin’s home of contemporary dance. The work is raw and visceral, and gives great scope for its remarkable cast to shine. It created enough buzz to see it critiqued and reported on, even in the New York Times.
A powerful new work that brings a collective of Australia’s international dance-theatre practitioners telling a vivid Australian story.
I carried this home with me. I lost all my friends, beat up my sister, went after my father… I would totally explode, lose it for no reason at all. I’d be sitting there calm as could be, and this monster would come out of me with a fury. So it wasn’t just over there. I brought it back with me.”
Jonathan Shay, "Achilles in Vietnam"
Concept and Direction Mark Howett
Choreography and Performance Diane Busuttil, Grayson Millwood, Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber & Laurie Young.
Camera Derek Kreckler
Dramaturgy Phil Thomson
Music Matthew de la Hunty & Dale Couper
Stage and Costume Design Miriam Braunstein
Visual Dramaturgy Derek Kreckler
Production/PR: ehrliche arbeit - freelance office for culture
An Animal Farm Collective Production, in Co Operation with Performing Lines. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.and by the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.