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Back to Back Theatre

Ganesh Versus the Third Reich

Part of Out There 25: Reality/Identity/Myth

“Courageous, confronting, intelligent and magisterially considered theatre (5 stars).” —The Age

Australia’s leading independent theater company returns to the Walker with a disarming investigation of theater itself—a humorous yet poignant work for the near future full of rich metaphor and sly transparency. This cleverly interwoven tale-within-a-tale begins as the elephant-headed god Ganesh travels to Nazi Germany to reclaim the Swastika, an ancient Hindu symbol. This epic hero’s journey prompts questions about cultural appropriation, exploitation, and abuse of power (both within the world and on the stage) with unflinching honesty. Conceived by Back to Back, whose ensemble primarily features actors with perceived mental disabilities, this deftly realized double narrative brims with striking visuals and surreal theatrical moments.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, January 31
Meet the artists after the show a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, February 1
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.

SpeakEasy

Saturday, February 2
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. Hosted by members of Salon/Saloon and Walker tour guide Mary Dew.

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Funding

Support provided by Producers’ Council members Nor Hall and Roger Hale.