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The Sydney Front: Don Juan

Year: 1991, 57 mins
Code: CGR-Donjuan
ISBN: 978-1-922007-31-5

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Having allowed the public to fondle their bodies in THE PORNOGRAPHY OF PERFORMANCE, the members of The Sydney Front now intend to redress the balance.

DON JUAN is a fevered speculation on operatic excess, sex, desire and seduction.

“Extreme seductiveness is probably at the boundary of horror”
- George Bataille […]

The theatre is haunted by the ghosts of desires only half-remembered. The dream of that one annihilating moment is still the preferred reference point, but we tend now to experience its charisma from a discreet distance.

Though monstrous abandonments may now be denied us, there are still a few slits in the curtain, still a few breaches in the barbed wire through which a ceremony of seduction can be acted out.

"In DON JUAN, The Sydney Front tries to find the appropriate semaphore."
- Press Release for Don Juan 1991

In Don Juan, The Sydney Front created what Le Soir (Brussels) described as a ‘chiaroscuro of taboo desires’ and the Rheinische Post (Dusseldorf) ‘a wild cacophonous yearning’. The audience mingle with the performers on the performance floor, which might be a kind of soirée or Don Giovanni’s ball.

Warning: Sydney Front's performances may contain corse language, adult themes and nudity. Suitable for 18+ years old.

The Sydney Front was an Australian performance group formed in 1986 particularly known for the way they used the audience as part of their productions. They combining elements of performance art and experimental theatre in their work. The core of the group were performers John Baylis, Andrea Eloise, Clare Grant, Nigel Kellaway and Chris Ryan. Kellaway had been the first Australian to train with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki.

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