Ulla von Brandenburg
NGV Triennal, Melbourne/AUS
December 3, 2023 - April 7, 2024

Installation view of Ulla V. Brandenburg’s work Underwater theatre on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne.
Photo: Lillie Thomspon

Ulla von Brandenburg’s recasting of this theatrical tradition in a deep-sea setting draws inspiration from the French writer, playwright and poet Jules Verne, who died in Amiens in 1905, and his novel ‘Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers’ (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea). The marionettes sing in English, French and German, welcoming us, the audience into their hopes for a utopic future and aspirations for living, working and love. The hand-painted backdrop of the underwater scene is presented as part of the installation, bringing the film’s narrative and its setting into our collective experience.

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