From before the official first wave to the intersectional and even into Earth 2.0, Next Wave Festival 2016 sees projects that address feminisms throughout the ages, thinking them into the future.
Feminist collective Brainlina—hosts of discussions, screenings and reading groups in their own home—will reach out to five living rooms across Melbourne’s inner-north over five evenings of the Festival, to share five new collaborative texts. Through love: five feminist perspectives directs the minds of artists, writers and academics towards the nature and operation of this elusive emotion—love—within contemporary society, sifting through themes like colonization, skin, falling, flooding and translation. Book now.
Various living rooms across Melbourne’s inner north | Sun 8 May, Tue 10 May, Sun 15 May, Tue 17 May, Sun 22 May | Free
The Second Woman is a 24-hour performance and cinema experiment where Nat Randall plays the role of silver screen actress Gena Rowlands, co-star and real-life spouse of Opening Night director John Cassavetes. Performing a single scene inspired by Rowlands’ original award-winning portrayal of Myrtle Gordon, an ageing theatre star on the brink of self-destruction, Randall takes elements of Cassavetes’ signature style and rewires them through live performance and simulcasts. Read more.
ACMI | Fri 20 May, 1pm – Sat 21 May, 1pm | Free
Janie Gibson, The Voices of Joan of Arc
In this intimate performance, The Voices of Joan of Arc, 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. Book now.
Northcote Town Hall | Tue 3 May – Sat 14 May | $28 Full / $23 Concesssion / Green Tickets Sun 8 May & Tue 10 May
Hannah Brontë employs the language and aesthetics of hip hop and popular culture in Still I Rise, a music video environment harnessing female and Indigenous power, where the artist presents a formidable future Australia in which an Indigenous woman is Prime Minister, and parliament is entirely female. Brontë will also be hostingFEMPRE$$ at Howler if you want to dance. Read more.
Blak Dot Gallery | Fri 6 May – Sun 22 May | Free
Writer, performer and queer-rights activist Annaliese Constable’s whip-sharp mind and deadpan delivery clash in all the right ways to present Mummy Dearest—a brutally honest take on parenting, childhood and what it’s like to have a mum who once tried to take a swig from a breathalyser. Don’t miss this uncomfortably hilarious tragicomedy about families, addiction, mental illness and magpie attacks—topped off with an unforgettable bar fight, set to pokies music. Book now.
Arts House | Thu 5 May – Sat 21 May | $28 Full / $23 Concesssion / Green Tickets Thu 12 May & Thu 19 May
Part science experiment, part love story, GROUND CONTROL takes our world and fast forwards it 100 years into the future, spitting it back with a grimace. A furious, experimental comedy about violence, technological singularity and long distance relationships, this is a confronting and passionate new performance created by the award-winning team behind ANGRY SEXX. Join protagonist, Chris, on an interstellar mission to find Earth 2.0 and save all of humanity. Book now.
Northcote Town Hall | Wed 4 May – Sat 14 May | $28 Full / $23 Concesssion / Green Tickets Sun 8 May & Tue 10 May
Blaksland and Lawless presents an irreverent and political alternate universe where Aboriginal women are the explorers and conquerors. Where Australia was colonised by Aboriginal women instead of white European men. Through large-scale photographs displayed across Melbourne streets, Blaksland and Lawless shines a light on the ludicrous nature of colonialism, patriarchy and the idea of ‘discovery’. Read more.
Across Melbourne | Thu 5 May – Sun May 22 | Free
Following stand-out performances across theatre and screen, BlaaQ Catt is the solo debut from writer and performer Maurial Spearim (We Get It, Redfern Now) – a one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection, resonant without exception. Spearim skilfully fuses the ancient with the contemporary to bring two worlds into one, weaving Gamilaraay language together with song, dance and storytelling to reveal a captivating character. Book now.
Northcote Town Hall | Wed 4 May – Sat 14 May | $28 Full / $23 Concesssion / Green Tickets Wed 18 May
Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford (curators), Sisters Akousmatica
Featuring eves (NZ/VIC), Angie Garrick (NSW), Kate Geck (VIC), Rosalind Hall (VIC), Shani Mohini-Holmes (VIC), radio cegeste (NZ/TAS) and Ela Stiles (NSW)
Sisters Akousmatica is a city-scale radio orchestra. Over seven hours, seven female artists perform on the banks of the Yarra River, their sounds broadcast via radio transmission. Meanwhile, armed with a collection of portable radios, Radio Queens Julia Drouhin and Pip Stafford lead a procession through the streets of Melbourne, stopping at various locations along the way to tune in to each live performance. Read more.
Performance, walking tour and broadcast
Departs from Signal | 8 May 11am–6pm | Free
Can’t make it? Listen live on 3CR 855AM or stream online at 3cr.org.au
11–21 May | Signal | Free