GIRLKING / The Venusian Slip

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GIRLKING aims to raise a question about discipline and function in dance and expands on this question in abstracted ways. Set in an ultimate queer space this work jumps in and out of conscious and manic deviations on ballets ultimate structure, that of the Ballet barre.
GIRLKING was first presented with Lewis Major as apart of the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The Venusian Slip guides the audience to meander through a series of surreal subconscious worlds where limiting structures begin to slip away. The points of view of four differently queer men offer ways of traversing masculine constructs. In this way, the performance works to expose states of flux within present day masculinities and invert dominant perspectives.
Together, this unique cast of performers examine their individual experiences: “We generated a visually sublime world through our collective consciousness in which negotiation, empathy, teamwork and sensuality culminate in the alternate future of a Sci-fi experience,” says Harrison Hall. The performance delivers a multi-dimensional experience that invites the audience to embrace a sense of the soft masculine.

"Samuel Harnett Welk’s G I R L K I N G (pt. 1), performed in silence in red wash lighting, offers a dancer of extraordinary charismatic stage presence and an intensely expressive, controlled physical aesthetic of immense power and gracious athleticism. Welk’s series of phrases, expressing a long number of subjects, is richly suggestive; not prescriptive. His choreography is so utterly mesmerising in its taut, unhurried shift from moment to moment, it matters not the ‘meaning’ or ‘subject’. Here is play on an audience’s subconscious at its most effective."
— David O’Brien / The Barefoot Review
"The chilling futurism of A Clockwork Orange and the secretive bunker mentality of illegal doof parties”... “more akin to what we might call conceptual spectacle; as if it were ideas dancing and not humans"
— Paul Ransom, Dance Informa

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by Taylor-Ferné Morris / Anthea Dance


by Taylor-Ferné Morris / Anthea Dance


by Taylor-Ferné Morris

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Dates & Times

When 5-8 Feb | Wed-Sat 7:30pm
Duration 2hrs


Full $30.00
Concession $25.00


Temperance Hall

199 Napier St, South Melbourne

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1 to stop 24 | 12 to stop 129

Event notes


Premiere, New Work


Venue is PARTIALLY wheelchair accessible - please contact the venue on 03 9645 9937 for details


Nudity, Strobe lights, Smoke/Haze, Latecomer lockout, Adult themes | Some sections of performance are upstairs

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