Back to Back Theatre presents
Is there a gene responsible for perfection?
SOFT explores the social implications of the developing genetic technologies, specifically the ethical dilemmas of pre-natal screening.
SOFT explores the social implications of the developing genetic technologies, specifically the ethical dilemmas of pre-natal screening. Developed from conversations between the Back to Back Theatre ensemble and scientists working on the development and application of genetic screening technologies, SOFT’s strength lies in three performers who are the physical representation of Down’s Syndrome, a genetic condition society increasingly seeks to screen and eradicate.
A sci-fi spectacular, housed in giant inflatable bubble, SOFT merges architectural design, live performance, animation and 3D surround sound delivered to the audience via individual headphones. A unique sensory experience, SOFT advocates for the value of diversity of human form and simultaneously explores the subject through a dynamic diversity of theatrical form.
Director / Devisor: Bruce Gladwin
Devisors / Performers: Rita Halabarec, Darren Riches, Sonia Teuben, Nicki Holland, Jim Russell, Marcia Ferguson
Dramaturg: Melissa Reeves
Sound Design & Composition: Hugh Covill
Set Design: Chris Price, Dave Morison
Lighting Design: Efterpos Soropos
Animation: Rhian Hinkley
Inflatable Construction & Puppeteer: Mark Cuthbertson
Costume Design: Shio Otani
Developed with support from
Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Docklands, Ian Potter Foundation, The Myer Foundation and Lake.