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Richard Till



Nationality:    New Zealander
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        Earthquake In Chile, The

Earthquake In Chile, The

the Earthquake in Chile is a Free theatre production in collaboration with international performer/director Richard Gough (Centre for Performance Research, Wales), New Zealand celebrity chef Richard Till and A Different Light theatre Company. It is performed as part of the 2011 Body Festival. Based on Heinrich von Kleist's short story the Earthquake in Chile, this performance will explore the sense of communion and community that emerged in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes. Set in 1647, at the moment of a great earthquake, a young man is about to hang himself because his lover, a nun he has made pregnant, is to be executed for gross transgression of her vows. the earthquake strikes and saves them both. After finding each other in the chaos their first imPulse is to flee town, but they find that everyone has changed into loving and compassionate fellow citizens with no one exercising power or trying to persecute them any longer. Everybody meets, helps, and feeds each other. they have a compassionate meal together and the couple decide to stay. But when they take part in a thanksgiving service the communal togetherness is destroyed again by the resurgence of the old hierarchies of church and morality. This performance of the Earthquake in Chile will serve the community by drawing people together and feeding them. the performance borrows from the form of a church service, featuring early and contemporary songs and a meal break. It will also allow discussions about how to rebuild our community without at the same time restoring the detrimental hierarchies of the past.

based on Heinrich von Kleists short story, written by the Free theatre in collaboration with Richard Gough, Richard Till And A Different Light

1st Produced:
St Marys Anglican Church, Addington, Christchurch, NZ    13 Oct 2011


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