The Zen Zen Zo aesthetic was forged partly from the ancient Asian dance-theatre traditions, where spirituality is at the fore, and partly in contemporary pop culture, where sound, light, movement and spectacle generate a visceral experience. Central to our work has also been the notion of “the carnivalesque” — the playful world of transgression and the grotesque, of inversion and the shadow.
This fusion of intercultural practice, visual theatre, and deep questioning about the human experience gives Zen Zen Zo its unique appeal, and continues to draw new audiences to the theatre.
Simon Woods, Co-Artistic Director
“It is forbidden to walk on the grass. It is not forbidden to fly over the grass.”
– Augusto Boal
ALCHEMY is the fourth collaboration between renowned Australian composer/musician Richard Grantham and leading contemporary performance company, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. ALCHEMY is an exploration of the ancient process of transforming base metal into gold. A potent metaphor for the Commonwealth Games, ALCHEMY celebrates the journey towards realizing our full potential, and the power of transformation. The dancers move like shamans or spirit walkers along the path, weaving their way through the inspirational soundtrack, until they finally “spin out of nothingness scattering stars like dust” in the dramatic climax. This is a moving performance work that is a meditative homage to the long passage towards greatness.
Director: Lynne Bradley
Choreographers: Lynne Bradley & Jamie Kendall
Composers: Iain Grandage & Richard Grantham
Costume Designers: Bill Haycock & Kaylee Gannaway
Musician: Richard Grantham
Performers: Jamie Kendall, Gina Tay Limpus, Travis Weiner
Producer: Simon Woods.