Beyoncé meets the women’s marches meets Australian Idol. It’s full of suburban dreams and pop star fantasies. It’s a pop culture call to action about the critical issues of our times.
Drawing on the lives and perspectives of five young women from Western Sydney, Playlist unpacks women’s experiences, particularly the experiences of young women of colour. The pioneering performance work was already in development when the #MeToo movement exploded and comes at a critical time, with sharp, and at times confronting, commentary on identity, intersectional feminism and female empowerment in 21st century Australia.
Playlist promises to be an adrenaline rush of a show, bringing together the diverse skills of the performers, street dance forms, pop songs and lyrics to offer an unconventional dance theatre experience. Under the direction of PYT Fairfield Artistic Director Karen Therese, the multi art-form work is choreographed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Larissa McGowan, with set design by award-winning visual artist Zanny Begg and sound by Gail Priest and Berlin-based sound architect Jasmine Guffond.
The extraordinary all-female identifying cast collectively represent a unique and powerful cross section of contemporary Australia, featuring Ebube Uba, a Nigerian-Australian actor and dancer; Neda Taha, a Tongan-Iraqi Australian hip hop dancer in Sydney’s underground club scene; Vietnamese-Australian slam poet May Tran; comedic actor Tasha O’Brien; and Croatian Australian emerging pop star Mara Knezevic.
The genre-defying work explores contemporary issues through the concept of a music playlist, showcasing how we find our identity in music, and how pop music shapes our cultural and social worlds. With musical styles ranging from Solange to Fleetwood Mac, to Rihanna and George Michael, there’s something for all audiences to relate and respond to.
PYT Artistic Director Karen Therese said, ‘who is going to shape the future for women in Australia? Living in the post #MeToo world, Playlist explores the experiences, ideas and power of young women. As contemporary Australians, the performers present a truly global perspective on women, culture and feminisms. The performers are all aged under 25 years, and it is they who are ultimately going to shape and live in this post #MeToo world.
Across the centuries women have come together, gathered in circles; it has been an intrinsic part of women’s life, in many cultures across history. But these women’s spaces, due to colonisation and patriarchies, have often been broken down. Playlist will speak to the importance of holding onto these spaces, and acknowledge the strength and criticality of women’s power’.
Under the Artistic Direction of Karen Therese, PYT has a reputation for making brave and transformative work, which impacts and inspires audiences and artists across Australia. It is widely regarded for innovative performance and social artistic experiences, both in performance spaces and across diverse sites of Western Sydney. 2018 also marks five years since Karen Therese took the helm at PYT. The company has had remarkable success in that time and attracted industry recognition for its pioneering approach to theatre. PYT has won a long list of awards in recent years, including the first Helpmann Award for an arts organisation in Western Sydney, an Australian Dance Award and an FBi SMAC Award.
- Free education kit addressing curriculum
- After show workshop for 11am performance (limited availability)
- Post-show Q&A for 7.30pm performance