PARADIGM productions, in association with Luminato, presents the final installment of The Empire trilogy
written & directed by SUSANNA FOURNIER
choreography by AMANDA ACORN
250 years have passed since we last saw Sarah in The Scavenger’s Daughter. She’s defied Death, survived centuries of war and the toppling of regimes – but when a mysterious plague breaks out she, and the four little girls left orphaned by the women she once employed, are forcibly relocated to ‘the Skirts’ – a quarantined area beyond the City limits. When an outsider doctor arrives, revealing to Sarah the girls are plague positive, Sarah must choose between treating them with an experimental new drug, or nothing. After the death of one of their own, their relationships fracture, time breaks down, and this family of women must grapple with how grief, injustice, addiction, and the increasingly violent political landscape is ripping their family and selves apart.
The final installment of The Empire, FOUR SISTERS is a Rated Unknown – for depictions of lateral violence, big pharma, familial silence, inter-generational feminine rage, injection sites, state coercion in the dislocation of communities, and the collapse of linear perceptions of time as we hurtle into prophecy – calling out for a new world.
producer ALISON WONG
design by the EMPIRE TRILOGY ensemble: SHANNON LEA DOYLE, MICHAEL F BERGMANN, KAITLIN HICKEY, BEN MCCARTHY, ALEXANDRA LORD, MICHELLE TRACEY, CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART
Learn more about the hybrid approach to text and choreography we're using to explore feminine story-form in development of Four Sisters. Read our blog post here.