Scena Mundi is an ensemble theatre company. We stage classical texts through a bold and refined aesthetic combining classical imagery with modern, provoking iconography designed to shock spectators out of their conventional idea of the classics and of the complacent comfort of today’s intellectual and cultural life.
We focus on the meaning and clarity of text to bring out the beauty, insolence and provocation of classical literature.
We take our name from the age-old metaphor of the world stage, in which the theatre is a round mirror under the great orb. On that stage (itself a “vision” or dream), all play their part for a while and “then [are] heard no more”.
We aim to create ephemeral worlds and visions made to delight and disturb.
At the heart of the company is the creative vision of its Artistic Director and the talent, inspiration and imagination of its actors. We are evolving towards a permanent ensemble of artists of all disciplines, working together to create beautiful stagings, inspiring to audiences and artists alike, demanding and never complacent.
Trying to "match the action to the word" in our artistic approach and practice, we
･ Create beautiful and thought-provoking theatre ･
･ Always unsettle audiences and artists by questioning the received ideas ･
･ Reach as many and as diverse people as we can without ever dumbing down ･
･ Do homage to classical literature and artists of the past while enlightening the present ･
･ Deliver artistically excellent performances ･
･ Never shy away from the serious and tragic meaning of life ･
･ Continually question and adapt our artistic vision ･
･ Serve the theatre as an art of the players for the people ･
･ Nurture artists, water them, see them grow ･
ASPIRE TO BE
･ Curious in our vision of the world ･
･ Insolent towards the consensus ･
･ Intellectually awake ･
･ Politically aware ･
･ Wary of established authority ･
･ Disrespectful of righteousness ･
･ Light and graceful in our artistic practice ･
･ Grave and serious about the meaning of life ･
･ Deadly serious about art ･