Centred around gender, power and sex, David Ives’ Venus In Fur will be taking over art space 107 (Redfern Street) with the tagline: “You don’t have to tell me about sadomasochism. I’m in the theatre.” Venus In Fur promises to provide audiences with an evening of politics, sex and entertainment. Its challenging themes and confronting dialogue equate to an electric night at the theatre.
Director Emma Burns spoke about Venus In Fur and reading it for the first time.
“I think it’s the most phenomenal piece of theatre I’ve ever read…it’s explosive. It talks about so many human experiences and how difficult it can be for men and women to relate to one another.”
The play confronts many themes, with the physicality of sex and power being played out on the stage. Emma said, “The text itself is very naturalistic in the way it’s been written. But then there was one rehearsal where we spent about 45 minutes working out how to stroke someone’s face…it’s such a complex play movement wise.”
Venus In Fur is a play that certainly won’t fall short when it comes to challenging audiences and stimulating discussion among those who see it. Emma’s closing words on the piece were, “people can expect to have their ideas challenged and they can expect to have their values challenged, particularly when it comes to gender and sex and power.”
Apr 10-13. 107 (Redfern Street), 107 Redfern Street, Sydney. $22-$27+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.facebook.com
By Madison Behringer.