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Marcus Whale

Presented in Season 1 2020

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Next Wave
Co-commissioned by Arts House, Next Wave and Liquid Architecture

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

Update 20 March 2020:

Due to current circumstances, Arts House’s presentation of Possession has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted directly to arrange a refund.

For further information or enquiries, please contact Arts House on 03 9326 3720.

Read a statement by Arts House’s Artistic Director Emily Sexton here.


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 Matt Adey for Beizj Studio 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
Costume Design: Megan Hanson
Sound Design: Becki Whitton

Supported by – Next Wave, Liquid Architecture, the Robert Salzer Foundation and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Rena Zheng