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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Globally recognized Australian company Back to Back Theatre confronts the changing nature of intelligence in contemporary society through a brutally honest public meeting led by five activists with intellectual disabilities.

As the activists gather onstage, we’re invited into a frank and open conversation about a history we’d prefer not to know and a future that’s ambivalent at best. Weaving a narrative through the ethics of mass food production, human rights, the social impact of automation, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes reminds us that no one is self-sufficient and that, ultimately, we’re all responsible.

Based in the regional center of Geelong, Back to Back Theatre is one of Australia’s most renowned and respected companies. Since 1999, under the artistic direction of Bruce Gladwin, Back to Back has nurtured a unique artistic voice, emphasizing the ensemble's own commentaries on broad social and cultural dialogue. Created through a process of research, improvisation, and scripting, the group realizes new work through collaboration between the ensemble, the artistic director, and guest artists.

"[Back to Back Theatre] have never let the fact that their performers have a range of physical and intellectual disabilities define, or indeed, confine them from pushing and transforming our expectations of what theatre can be."
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Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

Back to Back Theatre, The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, photo: Jeff Busby

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group.

THIS PRESENTATION MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Huntington Bank

EVENT SUPPORT
Arts Midwest

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Cardinal Health Foundation

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