JULIA

A solo dance theatre work that explores misogyny, sexism and the political body
00 Nov - 00 Oct - Subiaco Arts Centre
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Performer Natalie Allen transforms, she’s no longer Julia Gillard, she’s not ‘that woman’, she’s every woman. Powerful and defiant (Out in Perth)

#thatwomanjulia is a powerful dance theatre solo work created from the parliamentary record, media reportage and public commentary around the political leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minster, Julia Gillard.

 “…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…”

 #thatwomanjulia is structured in stylistically diverse sections to reflect upon selected aspects of Gillard’s story. It is designed to be performed in/on/around a large board room style table with audience either in a traverse or in-the-round configuration. Positioned as a form of ‘public’ gallery, visible and yet also voyeuristic, the mood is one of exposure. Lighting and sound (a blend of sampled voice, news bite and original composition) re-create both the world of Gillard and the media circus she was a part of, providing a sense of both isolation and high stakes drama. Allen moves 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.

 

#thatwomanjulia format - 15mins duration

Full length show JULIA (working title) in development 2020

Short film JULIA in progress 2020, release 2021

Creative Team:

Created by: Natalie Allen & Sally Richardson

Director: Sally Richardson

Performer: Natalie Allen

Lighting & Sound Design: Joe Lui

Videographer/Film-maker: Deborah May (kinoki)

Producer: Steamworks Arts

Timeline:

  • STRUT Shortcuts King Street Arts Centre 2018
  • Move Me Festival NEXT (STRUT/STCWA) 2018
  • DANCE MASSIVE Open Studio Program 2019
  • Hospitalfield Residency (Scotland) 2020  postponed
  • Creative development JULIA WAAPA ECU 2020
  • Short Film development/production August 2020

Awards:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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..an extremely clever piece...choreography had the exact right amalgamation and blending of subtle nuances and tongue n cheek squirm in your seat sudden blasts of shock tactics... (Fourth Wall Media)

...Allen dressed in a snazzy grey pantsuit, bright red wig and high heels stands in front of the desk and is power personified…the talented Allen twirls and strides and rails at her detractors. Richardson’s clear-eyed direction, the colour scheme (red, grey, blue), the sound composition and Allen’s intermittently frozen movements make you feel you are watching the pages of the newspaper come to life. It’s fun, farcical and cartoon-like, treating contemptuously the culture of misogyny and sexism, and reminding us that it is still prevalent... (Rita Clarke, The Australian)

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Images: Emma Fishwick

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