Janie Gibson (VIC)
Presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy
Janie Gibson has established herself as a powerful and original performance maker.
At age 17, Joan of Arc led the French army to victory commanded by her voices from God. By age 19 she was condemned a heretic and burnt at the stake. She was a soaring supernova whose light shone too brightly for the world she lived in. Joan’s story is one of resistance, speaking to the tragedy of silenced women’s voices across the ages.
It’s time for her to take up space.
In this intimate performance, actor and theatre maker Janie Gibson delves into the past to channel the voices of Joan of Arc. Weaving together song, story, text and music, Gibson gives voice to Joan’s own words as captured in the detailed transcript of her trial for heresy.
Together with electric violinist and vocalist Xani Kolac (The Twoks) we enter a musical world of wild lamentation, devotional hymns and original compositions. Women’s voices meet in transcendent harmonies that pierce the night air, underscored by violin and echoing bells, and driven by the pounding drums of war.From the courtroom, to her prison cell, to the battlefields of France…
Out of the fire, we hear Joan speak.
Lead Artist/Actor/AuthorJanie Gibson
Musican & ComposerXani Kolac
Actor & DevisorDaniel Han
Lighting designRob Sowinski & Bryn Cullen
Costume DesignJacinta Anderson
Poetess and text consultantRaven Moon Eyelander
Access ConsultantBelinda Locke
Live Audio DescriptionRachel Edward
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.