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By Jayde Kirchert

Presented by Citizen Theatre
In association with Theatre Works
Ascent tells the story of a woman who improves herself to death.

In a quest to feel forever fresh and live up people’s expectations, she undergoes a series of physical transformations, starting with haircuts, moving on to facelifts and quickly escalating into more extreme and invasive procedures.

Reaching for her ideal self, she ascends into oblivion.

The Citizen Theatre ensemble tells the story of Ascent by creating optical illusions with movement and light, along with an experimental use of song, voice and musical elements.

The performance takes place in near darkness accentuating the skin of the performers and allowing the ensemble cast to build new bodies on stage and slowly remove body parts as the protagonist undergoes increasingly evasive procedures in her quest for perfection.

Making-of Ascent video documentary series ︎︎︎

Show photos ︎︎︎

© Stu Brown 2022
All images by Stu Brown unless otherwise stated