The Metamorphosis, A Circus Adaptation of Kafka’s Novella is a new work by the aXis ensemble which explores the narrative and themes of this seminal work. It details a family locked in isolation and processing a sudden tragic transformation beyond their control. The show weaves through how each family member evolves in response to this shocking event and provides a social commentary on capitalism, mental health and the impact of family.
The Metamorphosis, A Circus Adaptation of Kafka’s Novella - When the story opens in Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis”, an irreparable transformation has occurred. In our adaptation is the loss of the protagonist’s mobility and her subsequent treatment by her family. This development will use circus, dance, contact improvisation, balancing, acrobatics and object manipulation to provide social commentary on perceptions towards people with disabilities. The transformation is not limited to the physical as the family are increasingly warped by the tense impact of social isolation and its transformative qualities on their psyche's.
This work has been generously supported by Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus.