Immerse yourself in art

Kyneton local theatre production. Pic of performer Sermsah Bin Saad. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 238216_01

By Oliver Lees

An immersive performance is coming to the Kyneton Museum this June.

According to director Görkem Acaroğlu of the Metanoia Theatre, Museum UNDONE will be “part play, part exhibition”, where the audience will make their way through the museum.

“We wanted to create an immersive work that took over the building, and the council said we could use the museum,” Ms Acaroğlu said.

“Because of the museum and its collection we decided to engage with that and look at history; how history is created; how stories about the past are told; and how contemporary people want to be remembered.

“That was our starting point and we’ve asked each of the artists to engage with those questions about history.”

The show will include performers across the museum who will guide and engage with the audience as they move through the collection spaces for 90 minutes.

Local Taungurung artist Maddi Moser has also chipped in with projection artwork to cover the walls and ceilings outside the building.

Having worked for 20 years in the performing arts, Ms Acaroğlu specialises in cross disciplinary performance.

She was the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and holds a PhD in Cyborg Theatre, as well as a masters in film arts.

Now with her performance company based partially in the Macedon Ranges, she said she’s excited to apply her expertise in innovative theatre in the region.

“I love crossing the boundaries with the audience experience,” she said.

“I’m calling this one more of an arts experience, it’s like going to see a gallery and a show.

“It’s kind of like going through a guided tour through a unique world and being led around carefully by the people that are in the work.”

The show opens on Friday, June 4 and will play every weekend throughout June.

Tickets are limited due to social distancing.

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