Ten Days on the Island presents
WE WILL SLAM YOU WITH OUR WINGS
By Joanna Dudley
9 MAR THURS – 11 MAR SAT
12PM – 8PM
12 MAR SUN – 19 MAR SUN
11AM – 5PM
Language No Barrier
There is dialogue featured in this show, however, it is not essential to understand to content to meaningfully engage with the work.
Visual Content Rating
This work is predominantly visual, with background dialogue.
This venue is accessible to people that use wheelchairs and has level access throughout. Please note that there are no accessible bathrooms available in this venue. The closest accessible bathrooms are in Wellington Centre, a 5 to 10-minute journey from the event site and accessible from both Argyle and Elizabeth Streets.
More information on The Old Mercury Print Hall here.
This venue is level access in its entirety.
This venue will feature low lighting throughout. A level of lighting will be provided to assist in moving around the space safely.
No Bathroom Access
This venue does not provide any bathroom access to the public. Please note that the duration of this event experience is estimated to be under 30 minutes. The closest bathrooms are in Wellington Centre, accessible from both Argyle and Elizabeth Streets.
Suitable for all ages
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- Public availability of hand sanitiser at Festival venues.
- Patrons, staff, volunteers and artists are encouraged not to attend events if they are unwell.
In We Will Slam You With Our Wings, the hunted becomes the hunter, the tamed controls, and the dying beauty takes her own revenge. It’s time to sing the patriarchy into submission.
We Will Slam You With Our Wings is an operatic video and sound installation comprising seven portrait sized screens, each a 19th century colonial imperialistic portrait with one noticeable difference. Instead of powerful men, six young girls between the age of 8 to 16 stand in their regalia and hold their own stances of power. These young girls are the leaders, the army, the chorus, the pack, the collective and the future voice.
Joanna Dudley, the performer known for her ground-breaking collaborations with William Kentridge, is the chieftain and mentor, encouraging the girls to create the world afresh.
Dudley turns that quintessential 19th century form – opera – on its head: each girl proudly and unnervingly conquers as she recreates an operatic death scene representing the squirming heights of patriarchal fantasy. Rather than being destroyed as expected, they triumph. Patriotic speeches and declarations of war from the world’s male dictators are not left unscathed.
WE WILL SLAM YOU WITH OUR WINGS
an operatic video installation for an army of six girls and one war mistress
Creation and Sound Composition by Joanna Dudley
Collaborator & Projection Design by Catherine Meyburgh
Set and Installation Design by Rufus Didwiszus
Costume Design by Janosch Mallwitz
Performers and Co-creators
Beatrix Juno Dudley
Esmé Olive Mcgrath
Ruth Alice McIlleron
with Joanna Dudley
Sound Design & Final Mix by Adam Howard
Digital Colouring by C.A. Van Aswegen
WE WILL SLAM YOU WITH OUR WINGS would like to thank our
Brenda R. Potter
The creation and presentation of this work has been generously
supported by the
Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia
Director Ian Scobie AM
Director Lee Cumberlidge
Producer Daniel Vorrasi
Marketing Director Dani Ricciardi
Production Manager Mark Muller
Administrator Di Farrell
Arts Projects Australia (APA) is an arts and event management company which operates as a producer and presenter of high quality contemporary performing arts and events.
The title is based on that of Henry Darger’s painting We Will Slam Them
With Our Wings
© 2020 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Image Credit: Dudley/Meyburgh