Chronicles of Durga
This new work brings together long-time collaborators, thinkers, performance makers and multidisciplinary artists Priya Srinivasan, Uthra Vijay and Philipa Rothfield drawing on their mutual interest in feminist discourse and promoting South Asian representation in the Australian arts community. Chronicles of Durga highlights non-western practices of combining music, dance, theatre, and visual elements to reimagine ancient texts into contemporary contexts.
Located in the 21st century, Chronicles of Durga traverses between India and Australia and the mythological and material world. The work juxtaposes ancient mythological poetry from the 3rd Century about Durga (the powerful multi-armed Goddess who destroys demons in battle) with three sets of police files about the sexual assault and murders of Jyoti Singh, Jill Meagher and Eurydice Dixon.
It is a story about the violence against women, the demons who target “every day” women today through rape or murder and the sources of power (action) that can be brought against them. Chronicles of Durga is told through a feminist lens, provoking action for change.