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The Farm

Presented in Season 1 2017

Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive

8.45pm, Fri 24 Mar
1pm, 8.45pm, Sat 25 Mar
1pm, Sun 26 Mar

70 mins

Arts House
Meat Market
Enter via 36 Courtney,
North Melbourne

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A cross between The Office and a cage fight, this game of comical one-upmanship builds to a moment of impact where everything is suspended.  A flash of bared teeth, the desperation of needing to prove yourself versus the need to hold on to what you’ve got.

Cockfight explores the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body and questions our culture’s desperate desire for achievement. Skilfully enacting a full throttle mash up of extreme physical risk-taking, graceful movement and slow-mo fight sequences, this darkly humorous and surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre, sees long-time collaborators Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber reassess who is in charge.

At The Farm, work is made in a collaborative process where everyone brings their expertise without being confined to it. All animals are equal.

Kate Harman, Julian Louis, Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber for The Farm
Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber
LX Designer:
Mark Howett

Sound Designer:
Luke Smiles
Set Designers:
Joey Ruigrok, Joshua Thomson
Produced by:
The Farm & Performing Lines

Supported by – Cockfight by The Farm with Performing Lines, originally commissioned by NORPA and supported by DanceNorth, Townsville; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cairns (COCA);Arts Queensland. The Dance Massive season is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House. The Farm is supported by the City of Gold Coast.
Image by – Kate Holmes