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Mitch Jones Premieres Powerful New Work During Chapter Two At Theatre Works

BY Sassy Red PR | 28-May-2019
In the aftermath of an apocalyptic social collapse, one person survives. But he’s still hungry… #AutoCannibalTW #TheatreWorks
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date: 10 - 21 July, 2019
Time: Tues - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Ticket: $45 Full, $37 Concession, $30 Preview, Student and Under 30s
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Mitch Jones Premieres Powerful New Work
AutoCannibal
Photographer: Chris Bennett
Subject: Mitch Jones
Addiction, obesity, corruption, over-consumption. Why do we do things that we know are bad for us? On all fronts, Homo sapiens seem to be intent on wiping themselves out.

Well known and much lauded by lovers of bizarre and provocative performance, Mitch Jones (aka Captain Ruin) brings Melbourne audiences a premiere Australian work this July at Theatre Works. Joined by international emerging Director, star Cirque Du Soleil aerialist and character performer, Masha Terentieva, AutoCannibal heralds a powerful new evolution in Jones’ creative practice, drawing on years of experience making avant-garde performance art for fetish clubs and art installations.

“In 2016 a very dear friend and mentor passed away while dealing with issues of addiction.”, explains creator and performer Mitch Jones.

“I was deeply shocked and saddened and part of how I dealt with that was to begin exploring my grief and sense of loss in a series of short performances that marked a significant departure from my style of work at that time. They were performed exclusively at fetish clubs and, drawing on my background in sideshow, they involved fairly extreme physicality and acts of self harm. Through these performances I realised I was also interested in investigating self harm - not just as an individual action, but as a larger social pattern of how we treat the planet. Why do we do things that we know are so bad for us?”

A solo physical theatre work, 'AutoCannibal' draws together elements of clowning, circus, performance art, aerial rigging and sound design. It explores ideas of resource consumption, environmental exhaustion and social collapse through an examination of the human impulse towards self destruction. What will we eat when we’ve consumed it all?

Playing from the 10th to the 21st of July at Theatre Works in St Kilda, 'AutoCannibal' is emotionally compelling, visually spectacular, and completely original. Not to be missed.

This production is proudly supported by Australia Council Catalyst, Creative Victoria, City of Port Phillip, and Circus Oz.

Created and Performed by Mitch Jones
Directed by Masha Terentieva
Set Design by Michael Baxter
Lighting Design by Paul Lim
Sound Design by Nat Grant
Production/Stage Management by Ewen Pendreigh
Promo Photography by Chris Bennett