12th - 14th September 2019
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“I am looking for a language that exists outside patriarchal definitions, of course that is not possible, but who is any longer interested in the possible” – Kathy Acker
Power Ballad is an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness. With an 80s soundtrack to rival any school disco, Power Ballad is anarchic, loud and filled with feminist rage and Annie Lennox.
Performed to massive audience and critical acclaim across Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, England (Battersea Arts Centre), Canada and at Summerhall (2017) where it was shortlisted for a highly prestigious Total Theatre Award.
Performed by Julia Croft
Written by Julia Croft & Nisha Madhan
Directed by Nisha Madhan
Lighting Design by Calvin Hudson
Dramaturg Kate Prior
Production Manager Ruby Reihana-Wilson
Producer Lydia Zanetti for Zanetti Productions
Note: Contains top nudity and strong language.
Image: Andi Crown Photography