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Bronx Gothic

Okwui Okpokwasili (US)

Presented in Season 2 2015

Presented by Arts House and Melbourne Festival in association with Performance Space 122 (New York), as part of PS122 GLOBAL

7.30pm, Thu 8 Oct
7.30pm, Thu 9 Oct
7.30pm, Thu 10 Oct
5pm, Sun 11 Oct
6.30pm, Mon 12 Oct

90 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Wheelchair Accessible

Adult concepts,course language, loud music

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“Just as her body does, her words take the stage with full physical force – they spasm, buckle, fall and rise, flex and strain, and they tear like muscles’ tendons.” – BOMB Magazine (US)

A solo creation at the intersection of theatre, dance and visual art installation, Bronx Gothic gives palatable force to the charged relationship between two girls on the verge of adolescence in 1980s outer-borough New York City – where Newport cigarettes are bought in singles at the corner bodega, sex-saturated notes are passed in class and Orchard Beach erupts in flames.

Created by New-York-based writer, performer and choreographer, Okwui Okpokwasili, in collaboration with director and designer, Peter Born. Bronx Gothic is a performance of psychic and physical collisions that threaten to break the body. Collecting a prestigious ‘Bessie’ award during its New York run, this powerhouse work takes an unflinching look into the exquisite turbulence of one woman’s memory, drawing inspiration from both Victorian-era novels and West African griot storytelling.

Bronx Gothic unfolds as a dark and powerful tale of sexual awakening and the body in transformation – and the humour, love, strangeness, and even terror, that accompany it.

Written & Performed by:
Okwui Okpokwasili
Director/Scenic and Lighting Designer:
Peter Born
Original Songs:
Okwui Okpokwasili
Peter Born, Okwui Okpokwasili


Supported by – Bronx Gothic was co-commissioned by PS122, Danspace Project, LMCC and the Jerome Foundation, with residency support from the Armory, New York Live Arts and Baryshnikov Arts Center. Additional commissioning support by Le Mallion; Théâtre de Gennevilliers; Theatre Garonne and Zagrebačko Kazalište Mladih; and is supported by Melbourne Festival and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Ian Douglas