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RISING like a phoenix

Three works to lift Melbourne's soul

Melbourne’s biggest festival is back to stay, and Arts House is here for it.

Last year’s RISING was tragically cut short just after opening, but this time around it’s going to be something unforgettable for the right reasons.

We’re unveiling three gigantic works that will leave you amazed and feeling more alive than you have in years, and we can’t wait to introduce you to them.

So without any more fuss, meet…

RISING 2022 Set Piece

Set Piece

We’ve been dying to share this epic feat of theatre and live film with you ever since we were lucky enough to catch the final dress rehearsal before… you know… last year happened. It’s a stunning work that tears up and reconfigures entire art forms, genres and narratives as it queers to breaking point the Australian middle class play.

It’s sophisticated, funny and really, really sexy, and people will be talking about it for years.

Fri 10 Jun – Sun 12 Jun
Auslan interpreted performance: Sun 12 Jun, 2pm

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RISING 2022 Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk]

Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk]

Another work we’ve been busting to bring to Melbourne comes to us straight from a sell-out season in Sydney. Marrugeku are Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company and this is a stellar example of the unique work they create.

A lot of work we’re seeing at the moment grapples with the pandemic and other prominent issues, but this show has something else to say. It’s an urgent and vital exploration of incarceration and the gravitational ripples it sends through entire communities, eventually having seismic effects on Australia itself.

It’s also stunning dance and performance and a work of visual theatre that leaves deep impressions. Don’t miss being part of this conversation.

Wed 1 – Sun 11 Jun
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RISING 2022 21 Pornographies Mette Ingvartsen

21 pornographies

Did we mention we’re presenting an international work? Arts House has a proud history of sharing provocative, world-leading choreographers that challenge our understanding of what dance can be, and we are delighted to expand this tradition through the presentation of leading European artist Mette Ingvartsen.

Mette Ingvartsen is a Danish choreographer based in Brussels, and 21 pornographies is part of her ongoing exploration of the history of sexuality and its relationship with the public sphere. It digs its nails into the many cracks of our lives into which pornography has made its way, and explores how laughter, violence, sensation and taboo mingle in strange and powerful currents just beneath the surface of the everyday. This is dance at its most contemporary.

Wed 1 Jun – Sat 4 Jun
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These three shows will play across the festival at Arts House and Meat Market. Tickets are on sale via the event links below.