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Trespassing at Fringe World 2019

Thursday, 22 November 2018


Existence Theatre presents TRESPASSING at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space for FRINGE WORLD 2019.

Existence Theatre (Bello Benischauer and Elisabeth M Eitelberger) is the recipient of the 2019 Spectrum Project Space Artist Residency. This annual program allows the recipient one-month’s access to Spectrum Project Space at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus as a working studio, with the aim of exhibiting new works in the gallery at the end of the residency. This program is now in its sixth year.

TRESPASSING is based on four different female characters, who speak about the complexity of gender linked to identity, social interaction, power and oppression; about the interaction of gender with race, class, culture, religion, sexuality and consumerism. In monologues, they give insight into their contradicting but daily routines. While one indulges in a compulsive desire to shop, another tries to build all her image around her higher education. And whereas one suffers from being born into a wealthy milieu, another crosses borders fleeing her country to simply survive.

Known for creating immersive and multi-sensory experiences, Existence Theatre will again take their audience on an intimate journey to celebrate the transcultural qualities inherent in contemporary society.

For the past two decades Bello and Elisabeth have utilised video, sound composition, performance and performance writing to reflect upon particular socio-political issues and the individuals dealing with them. They create individual ensembles depending on the work. With projects around the world they have formed a strong interest in how to comment on transcultural lifestyle and cultural specifics. They have created work spanning from video poetry, video/sound installations, interventions in public space, performance lectures to critical theatre productions with a strong socio-political message.

Undeniably influenced by developments and currents of European Postdramatic Theatre and Performance Art, they have a unique way in how to approach themes and audiences, addressing them by raising questions, inviting them to find their own individual access rather than attempting to provide answers with the presented work.

Event details

The TRESPASSING exhibition and performances will take place from Friday, 1 February to Friday, 22 February at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.


Written, directed, video and sound composition: Bello Benischauer (WA/AT)
Dramaturgy and development: Elisabeth M Eitelberger (WA/AT)
Temporary ensemble: Helah Milroy (WA), Nathalie Boukpeti (WA/FR), Daniela O'Mara (WA/SK) and Alisha Versteegen (WA)


Dates: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 February 2019
Time: 8.00pm (70 min - no interval)
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
Cost: Tickets available for $30 online via the FRINGE WORLD website.


Date: Friday, 1 February to Friday, 22 February
Time: Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm; Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
Cost: The exhibition is free of charge


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