The Open Lid Ensemble
Mathematician. Astronomer. Martyr.
The history books hold many stories of remarkable women meeting violent ends, few more tragic than that of brilliant academic and educator, Hypatia of Alexandria. Hypatia’s demise came when she was falsely accused of stirring conflict between two of the city’s most prominent figures; a mob of religious zealots stripped her naked and beat her to death.
Her legacy is an all-too-relevant example of an outspoken woman silenced by a fearful, narrow-minded society. In a time when “Nevertheless, she persisted” has become a feminist battle cry and periods of political upheaval can be defined by a hashtag, Hypatia delves into the life of one woman to uncover the stories of many.
Presented by acclaimed theatre makers The Open Lid Ensemble, this powerful original work is set to a live score and merges elements of Greek theatre with the Japanese dance style Butoh.
Devisers & Performers: Kat Shaw, Amanda Watson, Courtney Turner, Ann-Marie Biagioni & Hannah Evelyn | Producer: Liz Newell | Composer & Musician: Michael Biagioni| Set & Costume Designer: Chris Brain | Set & Costume DesignAssistant: Nathalie Fuentes | Lighting Designer: Rhiannon Petersen
Recommended for ages 15+
Image: Marshall Stay