AVENGING FURIES VOLUNTEER CALL-OUT
This October, Opera Queensland is staging a bold new production of Don Giovanni directed by Lindy Hume at the Playhouse, QPAC. At a time when sexual misconduct is at the forefront of our collective consciousness, Hume’s sobering take on Mozart’s masterpiece will strike a brutally relevant chord.
To create the defining scene in this poignant production, Opera Queensland is seeking approximately 200 women to participate in the finale – a highly dramatic scene in which Don Giovanni is dragged to his end by the hundreds of victims he has preyed upon. The seven minute scene will require participants to appear naked, semi-naked or clothed in underwear as ‘avenging furies’.
Participants in this new production will play a horde of ‘avenging furies’ – some of the thousands of women in Giovanni’s catalogue of conquests, now taking revenge for the suffering his lifetime of debauchery has caused. In the final scene, Giovanni is dragged down to hell by the furies, and I want this scene to be as spectacular and as resonant for contemporary audiences as possible. ~ Director, Lindy Hume
Opera Queensland is seeking approximately 200 adventurous women of various ages, backgrounds and body types to participate in the final scene of the opera – a highly dramatic scene of approximately seven minutes’ duration. The scene depicts Don Giovanni’s (Don Juan’s) descent into hell, and requires participants to appear either:
1. Naked; or
2. Semi-naked (topless), wearing own under-garments in accordance with wardrobe specifications; or
3. Clothed in underwear, wearing own under-garments in accordance with wardrobe specifications.*
*Please note: Appearing naked or semi-naked is optional, and participants are free to change their mind at any point. For the purposes of planning, we ask participants to indicate their initial choice of the above two options when completing their expression of interest form below. Participants who choose to appear naked or semi-naked will only be required to disrobe for the onstage scene itself, and can wear a dressing gown/bathrobe offstage immediately before and after the scene. Note that volunteers must provide their own dressing gown or bathrobe and slippers.
To apply, volunteers must confirm their availability for all rehearsal calls and performances listed in the rehearsal and performance schedule below.
Please note that engagement in this project is strictly voluntary. Following submission of expression of interest forms, Opera Queensland will send each participant a volunteer agreement form via email.
Please be advised that due to an overwhelming response, we have reached capacity for the Don Giovanni Avenging Furies call-out. All expressions of interest submitted AFTER 5.00pm 20 September 2018 will be added to a standby list and applicants contacted should further positions become available.