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Zen Zen Zo is a Brisbane-based physical theatre ensemble at the forefront of contemporary performance and training in Australia. Founded in 1992, the company has continually produced edgy, innovative theatre experiences, ranging from radical interpretation of classics to original new works, which have been showcased throughout Australia and Asia.
Under the guidance of Artistic Directors and founders, Lynne Bradley and Simon Woods, Zen Zen Zo pursues two artistic goals: The creation and performance of dynamic and engaging physical theatre experiences which excite, challenge and transform our audiences.
Zen Zen Zo’s work is accessible and adventurous, drawing new audiences to theatre. Our aesthetic was forged partly in the ancient Asian dance-theatre traditions, in which spirituality is at the fore, and partly in contemporary pop culture, where sound, light, movement and spectacle communicate meaning and ‘experience’ is god. This fusion of old and new gives Zen Zen Zo its unique appeal, and an audience base that spans several generations. Proudly Australian, the company has been at the forefront of the physical theatre movement in this country for the past 15 years. We have drawn inspiration from the SITI Company, the Suzuki Company of Toga, La Fura Dels Baus, Dairakudakan, Complicite, Theatre de Soleil, The Sydney Performance Front, and Barrie Kosky. We are currently one of the few experimental companies working in Queensland committed to exploring new ways of making and presenting theatre that taps into wider markets.
The facilitation of workshops and physical theatre training that empowers and inspires sustainable artistic journeys and the development of new work and emerging artists.