Bargain Garden
Performance Space at CarriageWorks(2011)

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This performance installation, Bargain Garden, seeks to examine the urge we all share 'to have it all', and to explore how we use "stuff" to present our identities. We wanted to investigate the process by which objects transform us into fashion icons, experts, gods and goddesses equipped for any eventuality. All this, despite the high environmental price. We sought to examine the techniques of marketing and product-promotion in this consumer's paradise, and to reflect upon why we respond to these techniques, and at what cost.

Bargain Garden fuses performance, life music, kinetic sculpture and multimedia installation.

Bargain Garden invites us to experience both the rush and aftermath of our bargain-crazy, shopping-mad culture and lifestyle.

"An amazing, extraordinary, thought-provoking piece"
ArtsHub Australia

"thoroughly entertaining in its divulgement of our incurable, insatiable lust for stuff: the stuff of dreams and landfill… One of the most inventive aspects of the work is Offspring's score, largely played on toys and sundry junk; wherever sound can be found"

"Bargain Garden trades in sly textual and visual wit… is weirdly joyous and unexpectedly inspiring."

Direction/Original Concept Carlos Gomes
Performers/Devisors/Designers Katia Molino, Rodney Nash, Justin Shoulder, Kym Vercoe, Carlos Gomes, Mirabelle Wouters, Teik-Kim Pok
Musicians Claire Edwardes, Jason Noble
Musical Director Damien Ricketson
Sound Engineer Bob Scott
Text Katia Molino, Carlos Gomes
Video/Photography Heidrun Lohr
Video Programming Nick Wishart
Video Documentation/Editing Martin Fox
Lighting Design Mirabelle Wouters
Lighting Operator Clytie Smith
Production Manager/AV operator Emma Lockhart-Wilson

Theatre Kantanka extends thanks to the funding bodies (Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW), Performance Space and Bundanon Trust who have supported this artistic dialogue from it conception, through to its creative development, and to this presentation.