Dancing the Gillard years
SATURDAY, 20 MARCH 2021
HARVEY TOWN HALL
Show starts at 7.30pm
An artist-in-residence first stage theatre performance.
World class performer Natalie Allen transforms, she’s no longer Julia Gillard, she’s every woman. Powerful and defiant (Out in Perth)
JULIA is a powerful and gripping solo work performed by one of Australia's leading contemporary dancer's, Natalie Allen, co-created with an exciting team of Independent performance makers.
…And I say to the Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever…and if he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn't need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror. That's what he needs (PM Julia Gillard, 2012)
Created from the parliamentary record, media reportage and public commentary around the political leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, this show directly reflects on Gillard’s story. Positioned in a form of ‘public’ gallery, the mood is one of intimacy and exposure. Lighting and sound (a blend of sampled voice, news bite and original composition) recreate both the world of Gillard and the media circus she was a part of. Allen dances in and around the audience, every move she makes, every gesture is visible. This is a timely and compelling portrait that reflects on female leadership, personality, power and the body politic. A dynamic dance theatre performance that will rock your socks off!
JULIA is accessible dance theatre that doesn’t shy away from the politics and the story. In a post #metoo world, and with the full support of Gillard’s post-prime ministerial office, we have access to Gillard's words which Natalie brings to life through her daring physicality and dynamic theatricality to create a dramatic live portrait of one of Australia’s feminist heroines. This is must see theatre!
Suitable for presentation in a range of audience configurations and formats. Simple staging combines with dynamic visual projections to make this an exciting totally immersive experience for the audience. https://www.steamworks.net.au/projects/thatwomanjulia