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Phillip Adams and William McBride by Gregory Lorenzutti.

Laceship is an immersive installation and performance for an intimate audience, created by BalletLab Artistic Director Phillip Adams and choreographer Walter Dundervill (New York) with artist William McBride.

Laceship is inspired by horror cult classic film The Exorcist (1973).

The three performers inhabit characters from the film through a queer lens exploring themes of religious unorthodoxy, embodied exorcisms, Catholic ceremony and demonic ritual. References consider the film’s iconic bedroom scenes in which Regan – the daughter played by actor Linda Blair – receives exorcism by two Catholic priests while her mother Chris McNeil played by Ellen Burstyn screams in horror.

As if on a film set, the audience takes position amongst the interior of a large-scale floor to ceiling scenography of lace curtains surrounding the entirety of the performance environment. The costuming and installation design are a visual subversion of the film's 1970s décor and interiors, a faux Georgian-style house, a medical facility and the bedroom in which the infamous scenes of exorcism take place.

Laceship shifts the performance site to visual transformation of film, design and art. The production invites the audience to become part of an experiment that bridges the gap between movement, cinema and stage. Laceship channels the taboos of forgotten dance rituals.

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English No Barrier
Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

WHEN 28 Apr-2 May | Wed-Sat 7pm & 8:15pm | Sun 2pm & 3:15pm


FULL $25.00
CONC $20.00


Temperance Hall

199 Napier St, South Melbourne

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1 to stop 24 | 12 to stop 129

Event notes


Partially accessible: the Main Hall is wheelchair accessible and there is a unisex wheelchair accessible bathroom on site. The bar is located on the first floor and is accessible only via stairs. Please phone the venue on 03 9645 9937 if you would like to discuss any concerns or receive more information about the facilities.


Premiere, Australian Premiere


Sex scenes, Coarse language, Smoke/Haze, Non-traditional sitting, Select audience members may view the performance through a screen of lace

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