With over 140 dancers and more than 30 choreographed dances, the 2019 major production for Sydney University’s Movement and Dance Society (MADSOC) came out big and bold. Illume hopes to communicate the many unique facets of the human experience through the body’s language of dance.
Like Salem Barrett-Brown says, trans is very trendy at the moment, occupying a disproportionate amount of news and media attention in Australia. But what’s it like to be one of these illusive transpeople, battling the same late capitalist hell-scape as the normies but with the nation’s concentrated hatred to boot? Open Dyke Night invites a few marginalised identities to weigh in.
Performance collective Branch Nebula are looking to interrogate the boundaries of “theatre” including opening the form up to interdisciplinary fields of dance and sport and unusual urban modes. High Performance Packing Tape uses everyday materials to construct a homemade aesthetic and redefine theatrical expectations.
After over thirty years practising and teaching in the US, Concetta Antico has returned to her hometown Sydney to open a brand new gallery in Paddington. Displaying work for sale from across her career, the Concetta Antico Gallery marks a significant milestone for the artist to share her art with the world.
Ushered into an intimate tent past two open fires, the audience are greeted by a mock anthropological “Aborigine” scene. The sarcastic narration quickly sets the scene for Chasing Smoke’s playful tongue-in-cheek tone. Combining circus, dance, and a bit of comedy, this production from Australia’s only entirely Indigenous circus group is a celebration of identity and story-telling.
Inspired by the rumours and inaccuracies circulated about powerful women, burlesque star Imogen Kelly mixes satire, comedy, and burlesque to spread the stories of their successes. With the help of her psychic assistant, Kelly summons the spirits of women through time to challenge the patriarchal lens of their remembrance.
Originally performed in 2015 as The Host, The Dinner Party is a reimagining that explores the dynamics of power and influence between the guests and hosts in an evocative yet playful production. Shifting relationships and balances of control propel the night forward to its inevitable conclusion.