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Melbourne Fringe: [THE UNHOLY BODY OF] Ignatius Grail

23 September 2015 | 5:11 pm | Staff Writer

"This is a story about power and the woman who will do anything to get it. Run. Starve. Eat. Fight. Dance. Laugh. Die. Sparkle. It's a performance work that unites the beautiful and the beastly and deals with non-verbal communication, sexuality and power. The main inspiration behind the show is the impact certain role models have had upon women (and men) through history. It's like a montage of gilded cages across the centuries. The show isn't directly about Sandy (from
) or Marilyn Monroe or Rocky or Cleopatra. It's more about the legacy that they've left behind. That legacy is Ignatius Grail.

"Another inspiration was a book called A Course In Miracles, which encourages the idea that we're more than our bodies, or any constructed idea we or society may have of us. Other inspirations include Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and music video clips like Huse Monfaradi's Call On Me."

Supported by a successful Pozible campaign, the creative team working on the show includes artists from across many different disciplines: music, painting, fashion, theatre, dance, illustration, writing and film, as well as actors Kristina Andersen, Madeleine Ryan and Lois Scott.

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"Together, we've created a whole world for an audience to enter into. Step through the door and you're in the temple of Ignatius Grail. Every seat, every beat of music, every drop of paint, every flicker of a light and every costume piece has been tailored to the world we wanted an audience to enter into. It's really special."

What: [THE UNHOLY BODY OF] Ignatius Grail

When & Where: 15 — 27 Sep, Second Story Studios