Inanna's Descent
An underground expedition at Mason Center Sydney (2002)

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In this work Kantanka revives an ancient stories while also investigating issues of cultural ownership that surround the translation and re-interpretation of folkloric myth. Inanna s Descent leads audiences into a subterranean nether word. Underground, beneath the hum of the city, an archaeological dig site unveils an ancient myth, erotic love rites, tales of death and resurrection emerge from rubble beneath the spectators feet.

Over five thousand years old, the story of Inanna Goddess of Heaven and Earth is credited as the earliest of written literature known in existence. Written in cuneiform script on clay tablets, it is only during the past sixty years, that archaeologist and researchers have been able to piece together the broken fragments with make up this remarkable story.

Inannas Descent was performed in an underground car-park at the Masonic Centre, Syndey.

Co-Directors Carlos Gomes and Michael Cohen
Composer Felicity Fox & Gene Gill
Set Design Joey Ruigrok
Sculptor Shigeyuki Ueno
Costume Designer Janine Hilder
Projections Graig Walsh & David Thomasson
Performers/Devisors Michael Cohen, Carlos Gomes, Katia Molino, Chris Murphy, Dominic Sweeney and Yumi Umiumare
Photo Heidrun Lohr



Digging Pure Magic
John McCallum, The Australian

Theatre Kantanka prove themselves with Inanna’s Descent. The structure of the work, the physically brave, focused performance, the totally invention in design and audience management reveal a maturing vision
Keith Gallasch, REAL TIME

This project was supported by Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.