Presented by Arts House and Next Wave
Co-commissioned by Arts House, Next Wave and Liquid Architecture
Wed 27 – Sat 30 May, 7.30pm
$20, concession $15, BlakTix $10
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Smoke effects/haze, strobe lighting and gore special effects
Desire is a form of possession, commanding the body from within. Do we resist its embrace, or allow it to compel us wherever it must? Drawing on film tropes of the monster queer, this electronic opera for one is a magical summoning – a longing for communion with the invisible, where the performer’s body moves, and is moved by sound.
Possession celebrates the high drama and craft of opera via a solo performer inhabited by forces beyond human control. Aural feedback manifests physically and disembodied sounds hum, howl and screech. An unseen force slowly takes charge of the body. As this soundscape of haunted vibrations expands, a grotesque dance of hunger and transformation unfolds.
Possession is a compelling glimpse of the unimaginable; macabre and triumphant at once. It brings together the diverse talents of multi-disciplinary artists Marcus Whale, Justin Shoulder and House of Vnholy to conjure a theatrical vision of erotic desire with the power to change both body and mind. Give in to its urge.
Lead artist, performer/composer: Marcus Whale
Designer: Matthew Adey for Beizj Studio
Dramaturg: Justin Shoulder
Supported by – Next Wave, Liquid Architecture, the Robert Salzer Foundation and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Rena Zheng