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An experimental residency model for working with communities

THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a residency model for creating short films and performances, to explore the belief that all people are, in principle, equal and should enjoy social, political and economic rights and opportunities. THE DEMOCRATIC SET uses a custom-made film set, a neutral room with two opposing doors.


The Democratic Set. Image: Jeff Busby

Disturbingly obvious and tantalisingly strange, THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a rapid series of short live performances and screen-based video portraits created in collaboration with communities.

THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a cavalcade of portrait, soap box and drama.

Since 2009 THE DEMOCRATIC SET has held residencies in 24 communities across 6 countries. The films made in each of these residencies can be viewed on the project microsite: The Democratic Set

Back to Back develops experimental residency models. The models create space for the intuition of collaborating artists and community participants. Once developed, a residency model is often deployed iteratively, in different communities, over several years, allowing for approaches from one incarnation to seep into the next, and for collaborators’ working practices to deepen and flourish. The structure proposes artistic directions with a focus on collaboration, not facilitation.

THE DEMOCRATIC SET is a residency model for 2009 and beyond.

For more information about THE DEMOCRATIC SET, please contact Back to Back’s Executive Producer, Alice Nash
+613 5221 2029
email Alice Nash

The Democratic Set Inbetween Time Festival from Back to Back Theatre on Vimeo.