Rush (Walkabout)

Adelaide Festival Program | 2004

  • Program, Resources

Rush captures the energy and resilience of youth, the struggle to reconcile old ways with new and cleanse the pain of the past.

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Rush is very sparse and abstract. It touches on religion, it touches on substances and poisons, confinement, the stolen generation - but the themes are universal - they apply to any culture in the world.

Western culture focuses on the external - pigeonholes, institutions, fences, confinement, half caste, quarter caste, clean, unclean - who defines what is civilised and what isn't? I explore all these issues in Rush against a stark white set and lights that either look sharp, soft, cold, wet. Its abstract, poetic and philosophical. - Stephen Page, 2002