The multi-awarded gothic glamazon, environmental scientist and burlesque genre-smasher Moira Finucane is emerging from the ashes of a pandemic year gone by and rising into the flames of a winter season of theatrical and performance wildness.
From the tail end of July and throughout the month of August, Finucane & Smith and their band of exquisites return to the stage with five synesthetically exhilarating shows that will capture the hearts of those who have missed them so dearly.
“Four lockdowns, a bin fire of a year, and the unique joy of cancelling a year and a half’s work in one day over a cup of whisky. What could we do but Phoenix-pivot?! But the day I recycled gold shoes off the footpath I knew it was a sign; we’d rise from the ashes, taller, brighter and undimmed. And we are striding back; in fact we cannot be stopped. Live, digital, virtual, visceral – tune in, turn up, I’ve missed you all like the fires miss the air, like the whales miss the water and like the penguins miss their krill,” Finucane said.
Rapture: Bathtub Edition – 22 & 29 July and 5 August
Fresh from being beamed live to the Copenhagen International Stage Festival and streamed live from the depths of her bathtub comes Rapture: Bathtub Edition. For three showings only on 22 & 29 July and 5 August, this lockdown-created work is an intimate, epic, surreal fever dream of Art vs Extinction. With genius composer Rachel Lewindon on piano and Theremin, audiences will submerge in a stunning scape of penguins, demons, angels, hope, extinction, propaganda and ice.
Glory Box – 19 & 20 August
Finucane & Smith’s most globally awarded provocative variety show Glory Box will mark its first live digital season for World Pride, beaming live across the world at 5am AEST for the Copenhagen Queer Theater Festival in a dance-party takeover for three shows on 19 & 20 August at Copenhagen’s opulent antique theatre, Folketeatret.
It has already bedazzled over 600,000 people worldwide having toured to 15 countries, been performed in 13 languages and won 12 awards. This was the first Australian work to be invited to Latin America’s most celebrated arts festival Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires and to the Havana Theatre Festival, where audiences queued for nine hours to witness the show staged in one of Havana’s most famous hotels, Hotel Riviera.
The Destroyer – 24-26 August
Patrick White Playwright Award Winner Jackie Smith unleashes her new work-under-construction The Destroyer in a live and digital format happening at the Arts Projects Australia Gallery at Collingwood Yards for three nights only from 24 – 26 August, complete with live music and Destroyer Cocktails.
Created during Melbourne’s 2020 lockdowns, The Destroyer is about the end of the world as we know it with three mythic sisters facing the destruction head-on posing the questions: What will be rebuilt? What will be lost? What should be kept? Can daily life be reimagined, and if so, how?
Featuring esteemed writer and performer Maude Davey, Finucane, opera star Piera Dennerstein, queer Indian classical dancer Raina Peterson and Lewindon, the new work explores rage, otherness, grief, isolation, extinction, the end of times, hope and optimism that humans can still hold in the face of disaster.
Grande Dance Hall & Diva Dive – 27 & 28 August
To wrap the wild winter, families can venture to Apollo Bay’s Winter Wild Festival headlining the Mechanics Institute on Friday 27 August for the Grande Dance Hall where the most daring variety artistes in Australia come together for a night of songs, dances, tricks, treats, disco and divas to get everyone tapping their toes and boogying in the aisles. Strictly for ages 8 months to 88 years, this family-friendly shindig will ignite the twinkling lights with torch singers, fan twirlers, bottle walkers and chair balancers all to some killer tunes.
Then on Saturday 28 August the Mechanics Institute will be packed to the rafters with global glamazons, high art, sequins, feathers, fans and breathtaking songbirds to unleash the Diva Dive. This event will be a heady cocktail of low-cut, gothic queens, butoh and burlesque all to a soundtrack to die for.
Finucane & Smith know how to mix a party and this winter they’ll be letting off some serious steam. After the year that’s been, grab your friends, dust off the silk ties and fishnets and get ready to dive down.
Diva Dive: https://www.winterwild.com.au/ww-events#weekendtwo (SOLD OUT)