Best known for her entertaining high energy physical theatre performances in outdoor performance settings (Roadworks, Picnic), Etta Ermini Dance Theatre and partner organisation Artstrust Productions invite audiences to immerse themselves in a piece of dance theatre inspired by that ubiquitous institution, the local pub. Set at a transformable bar and deftly blurring the boundaries between watching and socialising, Bar Story is a new outdoor work created in col-
laboration between Artstrust Productions and Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. The work is a 25-minute portrayal of two bar tenders and a punter engaged in a quirky Saturday night escapade at the local pub. It uses humour, high energy dancing and acrobatics, non-verbal story telling and insightful observation to make an entertaining commentary on 21st century social interaction and communication issues.
The bar is used by three experienced performers skilled in various dance styles including contemporary and urban dance, as well as acrobatics, acro-balancing and physical theatre as a set to perform on and as a potential real bar for spectators before the show, enhancing the sense of a bar/pub setting, and devel- oping a sense of participation. The bar is a pivotal element in the show, transforming the space, enhancing the narrative through bar-specific props, spurting water and its multifunctional character.
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