The unstoppable Weave Movement Theatre (WMT) perform an extract from their upcoming show, Wanna Be a Rabbit, directed by the extraordinary performance and Butoh artist, Yumi Umiumare in a unique cultural interchange and collaboration now five years young.
WMT is a disability led company, comprising a majority of performers with disability, creating bold, inclusive performance for 21 years. They challenge stereotypes about disability with original work that is thoughtful mayhem laced with comic mischief. Through dance, physical theatre, spoken word and physical humour this show unravels the human compulsion to categorise and distance difference and the blinkered attitudes that result. What are you? A wife, a worker, unemployed, disabled, a refugee, black/white, an Aussie oi oi, a rabbit? In the course of the show categories blur, assumptions crack open.
This work draws on Butoh’s playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments. Yumi’s characteristic surreal humour strikes a chord with the performers, whose experience as a marginalised, misunderstood group develops a sharp sense of the ridiculous and an ingenious, lateral take on life and art.
Directed and devised by Yumi Umiumare in collaboration with the WMT.
1 Dec (Sun),
1pm – 1:25pm and 2pm – 2:25pm
1 Nicholson St, Carlton
Wheelchair accessible venue.
Wanna Be a Rabbit is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2019.