Underworld (2017) takes its structure from 1978 eco-horror film, ‘Long Weekend,’ considering our connection to the physical, natural; flesh, earth, animal, death, and our complicated relationships to national identity, environment and a warming climate. Rebecca and Sarah invite you into the process of making Underworld, guiding you through a shadowy collage of dystopian futures.
Please note this work contains partial nudity and simulated violence.
Directors commentary presented by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen
Featuring video by Tearlach Wales with additional material by the artists
Underworld choreographed and devised by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen with Claire Leske and Louella Hogan
Sound design by Andrew Wilson
Performed by Sarah Aiken, Rebecca Jensen, Claire Leske and Louella Hogan
Lighting Design by Matthew Adey
Collages by Rebecca Jensen featuring images by Gregory Lorenzutti and Tearlach Wales
Company image by Gregory Lorenzutti
Sarah Aiken & Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats are choreographers and performers based in Naarm / Melbourne. They have a long history of creating experimental choreography and performance in theatres, galleries, community, film, music & site responsive contexts. Their work has been described as formally reckless, slipping between codified forms and unbridled invention. Their freeform maximalist style, amasses multiple images in a torrent of references, satirical, sincere, absurd and unapologetic.
Notable works include; What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) (Take Over! Commission. Arts Centre Melbourne/Melbourne Fringe 2019. Winner Melbourne Festival Discovery Award, Greenroom Award nominated Best Production, Best Sound Design), Underworld (Melbourne Knowledge Week 2019, Supercell Festival Brisbane 2017, Darebin Arts 2017), OVERWORLD (Next Wave 2014, Dance Massive 2015). Their ongoing participatory project Deep Soulful Sweats has been presented extensively locally and internationally.