Dancing the Gillard years
00 Nov - 00 Oct - Subiaco Arts Centre
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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 solo work by one of Australia's leading contemporary dancer's created from the parliamentary record, media reportage and public commentary around the political leadership of Australia’s first female Prime Minister, 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…” (Julia Gillard, 2012)

The show is structured to reflect from multiple points of view 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) re-create 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. This is a dynamic dance theatre performance that will rock your socks off!  

JULIA is exciting, 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 minsterial office, we have access to Gillards’words which Natalie brings to life through her daring physicality and dynamic theatricality to create a dramatic live portrait of one of Australia’s global 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.

Audience Engagement / co- presentation opportunity

The team are currently developing a unique audience engagement program.

The work offers exciting pre or post performance engagement opportunities with local women’s groups, business and leadership forums etc with the potential to able to host speaker events that invite local women of all ages to reflect on leadership and their role and influence within their own communities.

We are premiering this exciting original new work in 2021 (with secured support from DLGSCI) and are currently seeking a regional producer/presenter to host us and share our final stage of development with us.

Our team of 4 artists would spend 3 weeks in your community engaging with schools, women’s organisations, local businesses, offering workshops that explore female empowerment, dancing for empowerment…and so on 

AND We would present this world-first premiere in your venue before heading to Perth undertake our inaugural season.

It has never been more important to continue to advocate to change the status quo and actively support womensleadership and female empowerment within our communities in any way we can. Our plan is to tour the work widely in 2022 (the ten-year anniversary of Gillard’s ground breakingspeech) with a cost efficient touring party of 3. 

Why not join us on the journey?

#thatwomanjulia format - 15mins duration

Full length show JULIA in development for premiere presentation in 2021

Creative Team:

Created by: Natalie Allen & Sally Richardson

Director: Sally Richardson

Performer: Natalie Allen

Sound Design/composition: Annika Moses and Joe Lui

Production Design: Helen Fitzgerald

Rehearsal Director/movement consultant: Sam Chester

Videographer: Deborah May (kinoki)

Producers: Steamworks Arts & Feisty Dame Productions


  • 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 to 2021
  • Creative development WAAPA ECU 2020
  • Creative development PLWA Creative Hub 2020
  • Circuitwest showcase 2020
  • World premiere 2021


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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