1 May - 11 May, at Arts House - Meat Market
A challenging participatory performance work that asks: what are we fighting for? And what is a good fight?More →
Co-presented with Arts House
In a world where women have been idealised into powerlessness, one woman will fight to become the sexiest warrior of all time…
Welcome to the battlefield.
From the treadmill to the taco truck, Madonna Arms follows the internal struggle of chaos, terror and hope as one woman attempts physical transformation. Madonna Arms is a fantastical exploration of the ways in which power, strength and fitness live and die in the bodies and psyches of young women.
Absurd and ultimately heart-wrenching, this inspired performance work provides an insight into a dangerous cultural logic we have learnt to accept as part of our everyday lives – as futile and devastating as war.
Depicting the epic struggle behind a secret battle, Madonna Arms exploits the tropes of action and science fiction cinema to drag the female experience centre stage. Here the domestic is pushed up against the fantastical and the logical collides with the bizarre. Join us on journey through the terrifying world of self-destruction.
“By turns heartbreaking and hilarious. The patriarchy won’t know what hit it” 4.5 Stars, The Age
Date: 1 - 4, 7 -11 May 2014
Location: Arts House - Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St North Melbourne VIC 3051
Time: 8pm, Matinee 11 May 1pm
Duration: 75 mins
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible
Notes: Warnings: Coarse Language, Haze, Adult Themes, Food
Ticket Prices: $23 | $18Sold Out
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Zoey Dawson Writer, Performer
Anna McCarthy Writer, Performer
Allison Wiltshire Writer, Director
Ella Harvey Performer
Bek Berger Producer
Claudio Tocco Sound and Composition
Romanie Harper Set and Costume
Katie Sfetkidis Lighting
Romanie Harper & Andre Vanderwert Video”
Ainsley Kerr Stage Manager
Leticia Brennan-Steers & Debbie Yew Assistant Stage Managers
Milly Levakis-Lucas Sound Operator
Adrien Black Lighting Operator
Marrianne Pierce Additional vocals
Theresa Harrison Images
Madonna Arms has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Its development was supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and Arts House’s CultureLab Development Program through the City of Melbourne.