Images by Stuart Liddell
THE HADOPELAGIC UNIT
Inspired by the mysteries of the deepest parts of the ocean known as the Hadolepagic or 'Trench Zone', the Hadopelagic Unit professed to be the world's first deep sea renegade diving school, taking those brave enough, '6000 metres below the surface of ocean and more, in less than 10 minutes' !
Audiences were taken to the depths of the ocean with a combination of: sensory deprivation, spinning, story-telling hosting, tom-tom drumming, sand-bags, bed sheets, vision-box puppetry and more. Participants young and old reported encounters with a host of entities when they safely re-surfaced from the Hadopelagic Zone. 'Snozzle fish', 'deep sea vulvas', and even god, were encountered.
The Hadopelagic Unit was a collaboration with artist Jae Stewart for the amazing and delightful Village Festival (2015), Edinburgh Gardens, VIC
and was re-staged at the 2017 Alice Springs Desert Festival as part of Totem Theatre's Living Theatre Program.
Review by Keiran Finnane in the Alice Springs news here