Bewitched and Bedevilled... Performer Natalie Allen transforms, she’s no longer Julia Gillard, she’s not ‘that woman’, she’s every woman. Powerful and defiant (Out in Perth). If you are a woman or know a woman, then this show is for you!
A compelling solo work performed by one of Australia’s best contemporary dancers created from the parliamentary record, media reportage and public commentary around the political leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minster, Julia Gillard.
“…And I say to the Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever…and if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror. That’s what he needs…”
Positioned as a form of ‘public’ gallery, visible and yet also voyeuristic, the mood is one of high stakes drama. Lighting and sound (a blend of sampled voice, news bite and original composition) re-create both the world of Gillard and the media circus she was a part of, providing an exciting, powerful and entertaining reflection on a controversial period in Australian politics. Allen dances, moving in and around the audience, every move she makes, every gesture is visible, this is a timely and compelling portrait that reflects on female leadership, personality, power and the body politic.
If you are a woman, and you know a woman, this show is for you!!
Community and Audience Engagement:
Julia Gillard is a well known (historic & contemporary) public figure that will attract a wide audience.
There is potential to develop a local youth dance curtain raiser (as in the tik tok video that went viral inspired by the ‘Misogyny speech’)
- High quality Video (broadcast quality)
- Media release
- Artwork various
…an extremely clever piece…choreography had the exact right amalgamation and blending of subtle nuances and tongue n cheek squirm in your seat sudden blasts of shock tactics… (Fourth Wall Media)
…Allen dressed in a snazzy grey pantsuit, bright red wig and high heels stands in front of the desk and is power personified…the talented Allen twirls and strides and rails at her detractors. Richardson’s clear-eyed direction, the colour scheme (red, grey, blue), the sound composition and Allen’s intermittently frozen movements make you feel you are watching the pages of the newspaper come to life. It’s fun, farcical and cartoon-like, treating contemptuously the culture of misogyny and sexism, and reminding us that it is still prevalent… (Rita Clarke, The Australian)
ArtformsDance, Participatory / Interactive, Theatre
Bump In3-4 hours
Bump Out1-2 hours
Costs- Weekly Fee: $6,000
- Remount: $6,000
- Royalties: 10%
*Above fees do not include touring costs
Company ContactsSally Richardson
0408 925 769
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Venue Formatmultiple formats
First possible performance: same day
Minimum break between shows: two hours
Minimum stage width: 8-10m
Minimum stage depth: 8m
Minimum stage height: 4m
Staging and Set Description: Table + chair + props
Lighting provided by the company: None
Lighting to be provided by the venue: In house pre-rig
Audio provided by the company: Q-Lab
Audio to be provided by the venue: In-house sound system
No. of additional staff to be provided by the venue: 1 x lighting, 1 x multi-tasker
Dressing Rooms Required: 1
Other technical or performance notes: projector required