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The Häxan Curse touches many areas of art & performance, but underlying the witches, electro rock music and candelabras are some very significant themes. To say the nature of the show is experimental or radical is perhaps only telling half the tale. Although a black comedy in style, the storyline of the show seeks to reveal some very serious truths about modern society. These include:
- Gender inequality: currently a very serious issue in even our so-called first world nation of Australia. Looking at ‘witches’ in the middle ages, their plight was also a struggle against masculine control.
- Mass consumer culture: that eternally feeds us products and information, is by and large, not even seen as having an influence on many, who mindlessly digest their (not so) fair share.
- Ageing: current feelings towards growing older in a western society which is obsessed with youth, and consequently our treatment of our elderly.
- Trends and the media: which shape our perceptions of the world and ourselves, yet many believe they are ‘individual’ and somehow free to be as they choose.
The Häxan Curse operates on many levels. Those who come expecting just a film and some sounds will surely be very surprised.
Rehearsals at The Loading Dock at Revolt Melbourne have transformed the space into a moody candlelit setting. Here is a small taste. Expect smoke, ghouls and entertainment like you’ve never seen at the shows! Tickets selling, so don’t rely on door tickets as many shows may be almost sold out. Go to the official Fringe Box Office here to secure your seats. Don’t forget, tickets only $10 each if you book 4… now that’s a cauldron bubbling good deal!
An experimental, radically re-cut and almost unrecognisable version of the silent 1922 film ‘Häxan (Witchcraft through the Ages)’, ‘The Häxan Curse’ meddles stunning early cinema scenes of witches and cunning folk from history with bizarre new subtitles into an absurdist black comedy with a biting edge. Conceived by emerging Melbourne visual artist, designer & musician Giosuè Prochilo, it also premieres an accompanying live performance of an original score of atmospheric, rock-infused electronica. Showing at Melbourne’s Revolt Artspace, ‘The Häxan Curse’ is a unique, visually and sonically intense, must-see show that slyly lurks in shadows of the 2012 Melbourne Fringe.
Only when the curse is revealed, can it be lifted.