Inspired by the tango, 'The Butcher's Dance' takes us from nineteenth-century Buenos Aires, where the dance was invented by immigrants amidst the brothels of the city, to 1929 and the eve of the Wall Street crash in New York, back to Buenos Aires in 1976, where a family is persecuted during the 'Dirty War', and finally to New York 9/11 and the attack on the Twin Towers.
The stories of the characters are interlinked over the epochs, as is the evolution of the tango, in a tapestry that examines the links between people and cultures in their common humanity. The play juxtaposes real historical characters and events with fictional characters in a dynamic and exciting way.
Written with the assistance of an Edith Cowan University research grant, and the contribution of WAAPA acting students.
'The confronting nature of much of "The Butcher's Dance" is not for those whose idea of a good night at the theatre is a couple of hours of lightweight, escapist mummery. Society needs works such as Edmund's, theatre that compels us to question what those in power are doing in our names.'
Neville Cohn, OZarts review, 2005
- Heightened drama
- 90 minutes
- 10 female, 6 male
- Variable cast size, 41 roles. Originally done with a cast of 16 by WAAPA acting students. A good ensemble piece.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre