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24–28 November 2021

CHIAROSCURO

A new play by David Atfield

Painting the dark is the key to creating light.

Chiaroscuro, the violent contrast of light and dark. The artist Caravaggio created work bathed in shadows, and in the folds of this darkness, the joys and sorrow of earthly life and love were to be found. Enter the intimate artist’s studio where Caravaggio is painting Gregorio, a sex worker posing as the subject of a religious work. We share in the creation of this art, the male form an object to be admired and considered. There is a hunger here… for love, for food, for sex. Last night you were trying to kill me. Caravaggio is remembered as the father of modern portraiture. He was a complicated man: violent, provocative. Chiaroscuro reclaims Caravaggio’s place in queer history, unravelling tradition and history in an erotic psychodrama about art and religion. David Atfield is one of Canberra’s most respected directors and playwrights, a winner of three Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards and founder of BITS Theatre Company. Chiaroscuro is presented as part of New Works at Canberra Theatre Centre, our program for the development and presentation of new performance. Make a donation. This performance contains obscene language, nudity, and intimate scenes.

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Synopsis

24–28 November 2021

CHIAROSCURO

A new play by David Atfield

Painting the dark is the key to creating light.

Chiaroscuro, the violent contrast of light and dark. The artist Caravaggio created work bathed in shadows, and in the folds of this darkness, the joys and sorrow of earthly life and love were to be found.

Enter the intimate artist’s studio where Caravaggio is painting Gregorio, a sex worker posing as the subject of a religious work.

We share in the creation of this art, the male form an object to be admired and considered. There is a hunger here… for love, for food, for sex.

Last night you were trying to kill me.

Caravaggio is remembered as the father of modern portraiture. He was a complicated man: violent, provocative. Chiaroscuro reclaims Caravaggio’s place in queer history, unravelling tradition and history in an erotic psychodrama about art and religion.

David Atfield is one of Canberra’s most respected directors and playwrights, a winner of three Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards and founder of BITS Theatre Company.

Chiaroscuro is presented as part of New Works at Canberra Theatre Centre, our program for the development and presentation of new performance. Make a donation.

This performance contains obscene language, nudity, and intimate scenes.

Dates

Wednesday 24 November, 7.30pm (Preview)

Thursday 25 November, 7.30pm (Opening)

Friday 26 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 27 November, 2pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 28 November, 6pm

Details

PRESENTED BY:
New Works by Canberra Theatre Centre

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 70 minutes, no interval.

WARNINGS:
This performance contains explicit language, nudity, and intimate scenes.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is not suitable for children.

VENUE:
The Courtyard Studio
ACCESS INFORMATION


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Seating

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Credits

Writer & Director David Atfield

Designer Rose Montgomery

Lightning Designer Gillian Schwab

Intimacy Choreographer Liz Lea

Design Assistant Imogen Keen

Company and Stage Manager Anni Doyle Wawrzynczak

 

With

Shae Kelly

Mark Salvestro

 

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