29 June - 16 July
Moira Finucane, one of the world’s greatest performance chameleons, hailed as ‘transcendent’ by audiences across 5 continents and described by critics as ‘exquisite’, ‘the volcanic physical presence’, ‘mesmerising’, and in Australia as a ‘national treasure’, creates a her next major work; a transcendent emporium of dreams, rock no roll, angels and devils; a performance visitation from lands only glimpsed in dreams.
The Rapture is the Goddess of the Underworld, the Queen of Night. Ignited by ancient tales of good and evil, of demons, gods, and angels; by taxonomy, extinction and science, fuelled by Finucane’s training in science; by her decade’s work as a gender-in-development specialist, and years spent in galleries, museums and with devotional arts around the world. Like a snake always shedding her skin, The Rapture writhes through a visual feast of prophecy, Gothic dreams, birds of prey, soaring wings, apocalyptic fairy tales, soul-searing music and physical madness.
With the heavenly and smoky voices of beyond earth divas Mama Alto and Clare St Clare, and special guests The Rapture is a blood red, skin-shedding immersion, with a reliquary of artworks surrounding Finucane, contributed by artists across forms. ‘Mutating before your very eyes from sledgehammer to slow acting poison’, Moira Finucane has inspired critics and audience worldwide with her literary visceral creations.
‘Jaw-smacked-wide-eyed wonderment … from gentle, poetically lush scenes to an all-out blood bath!’ JJJ Radio, Australia
‘She comes to life in the full complexity of emotion, vulnerability, love and evil, often all at the same time. She creates a new world, a new essence of woman’ Mesto Zensk, Slovenia
‘The extraordinary Moira Finucane, head of a tribe as unclassifiable as talented, but also by her look, sometimes sharp, but full of vitality, with which she knows to describe aspects of the contemporary world.’ La Nacion, Argentina
Written & performed by Costumes Isaac Lummis
With Mama Alto, Clare St Clare & Miss Chief on the keys
Dramaturgy Jacqueline Smith & Nicholas Dorward
Composition by Darrin Verhagen & Ben Keene
Visual Artists William Eicholtz & Catherine Lane
Lighting Design Simon Hardy
Costumes Isaac Lummis
About Finuance & Smith
The Australian art-house of Finucane & Smith Unlimited has become internationally famous for Exquisite Theatrical Spectacles that hijack cabaret & high art, burlesque & drama, dance & the literary, circus & sideshow; engage unique & extraordinary artists; smash boundaries between high & low art, populist & exclusive, outsider & heritage, to meld indelible visions of humanity.
From Provocative Variety to Literary Salons, Surreal Indoor Carnivals and full length dramas, epic solo works of Gothic Rapture & sumptuous feasts in magic realist Cantinas, Finucane & Smith are passionate artists and arts-workers – the exquisite, the unique, the outsider, the delicate: artists that are transcendent and seek a better humanity. Led by environmental scientist, human rights practitioner turned performer/creator Moira Finucane & remote country dreamer turned playwright/creator Jackie Smith, we create theatrical & performance rapture – the physical, emotional spiritual visceral transportation of people and culture.
Finucane & Smith have won acclaim in 13 languages, standing ovations across 5 continents, and 15 international theatre awards including the Patrick White Playwright Award and the 2015 International Theatre Institute’s CHAMACO AWARD for Cuba’s International Presentation of the Year.
Finucane & Smith collaborate with incendiary companies and artists around the world; working in national galleries and amusement parks, in the desert under the sky, in grand old theatres and antique musical halls, mixing artists, audiences and artforms in unexpected and powerful cocktails, they create worlds ‘so beautiful it hurts to leave them’; their work is infecting – moving, visceral, mystical, funny, dark and joyous.
All seats EXCEPT PEANUT SEATS are at cabaret tables
In the Heart of the Rapture: $98 (the very best seats in the house),
Catwalk Full: $78 (next to the action),
Catwalk Concession: $68
General Admission Full: $48,
General Admission Concession: $38,
Group 6+: $38 (General Admission only),
Peanut Gallery/Artists: $25 (in the stands)
NO BOOKING FEE SURCHARGE
Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members