Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic returns with a hypnotic collision of music, performance, dance and theatre in an ecstasy-inducing 2019 program from 23 – 25 August, 2019. Created by Arts Centre Melbourne with Australian New York-based performer and curator Sophia Brous, the third iteration of the intoxicating exploration of ecstatic performance is the most bold, distinctive and cross-disciplinary yet. Featuring icons of music, theatre, dance and performance ritual from five continents, Supersense is presented over three days in the underground labyrinth of Arts Centre Melbourne.

The 2019 festival brings together an extraordinary program of festival exclusive performances, Australian premieres, and unrepeatable artistic collaborations.

Legendary artists, pioneers and next-generation innovators include theatre auteur and icon Robert Wilson performing John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing, groundbreaking jazz group The Art Ensemble of Chicago in their 50th Anniversary tour (USA), sublime NZ songwriter Aldous Harding, Californian music enigma John Maus (USA), prophetic electronic and R&B artist Moor Mother, the Merce Cunningham Centennial Solo performances, divine troubadour Marlon Williams with The Impossible Orchestra, master Iraqi Maqam vocalist Hamid Al-Saadi; mind-blowing Indonesian ritual trio Setabuhan (INDONESIA), Tasmania’s post-punk duo The Native Cats (AUS), and many more.

In its third iteration, the three-day durational festival will present a mesmerising melting pot of performances that will take audiences on an exhilarating journey through epic artistry and ecstatic ritual, from artists and iconoclasts across music, theatre, dance and performance from around the world.

Supersense has thrilled audiences since 2015 with its rich and mind-expanding programs that led The Age to call it “the only music festival that matters”. In 2019, Supersense curator Brous has again brought together an extraordinary program of internationally revered artists and icons who explore sacred and profane expressions of performance.

Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Supersense: Festival of the EcstaticArts Centre Melbourne
23 – 25 August 2019