Temperance Hall presenT four brilliant works from February 1–8 as part of the 2020 Midsumma Festival

Tickets: $22–$30

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Midsumma Box Office:
03 9296 6600 | midsumma.org.au


8:00pm – Luigi Vescio | NOW this body WHAT
NOW this body WHAT is both defining and dissolving; at once a ritual site of queer play and a celebration of the radical happening.  Choreography, light and spatial evolutions meet an atmosphere of experimental, ambient techno.  Luigi Vescio and a collective of local artists will animate this durational consideration of performance, spectatorship and togetherness.

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7:30pm – Samuel Harnett-Welk | GIRLKING
GIRLKING questions the role of discipline and function in dance, and expands on this question in abstracted ways. Set in an ultimate queer space, the work jumps in and out of conscious and manic deviations on ballet's ultimate structure: the ballet barre.

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Presented as a double bill with The Venusian Slip

8:30pm – Harrison Hall, Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Andrew Treloar and Luigi Vescio | The Venusian Slip
The Venusian Slip guides the audience to meander through a series of surreal subconscious worlds where limiting structures begin to slip away. The points of view of four differently queer men offer ways of traversing masculine constructs. In this way, the performance exposes states of flux within present day masculinities, inverting dominant perspectives.

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Presented as a double bill with GIRLKING


6:30–9:30pm – Christos Linou | The Naked Ambassadors
The Naked Ambassadors is a video installation examining the duality of the naked and the nude. Through the removal of clothes and accessories and the re-dressing of the body, the work suggests the struggle to embody identity beneath one’s outward appearance. Notions of risk and intimacy are established, and masculine stereotypes disrupted.

FREE – No booking required

Temperance Hall is located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Performances takes place in Temperance Hall's Main Hall, which is located on the ground floor. We have a unisex wheelchair accessible bathroom.

Please note the Temperance Hall bar and box office are located on the first floor, which is accessible via stairs only. Please contact program@temperancehall.com.au or call 9645 9937 if you would like to discuss your access needs, we are happy to help!

Temperance Hall is a 15 minute tram ride/10 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Temperance Hall is a 3 minute walk from Tram 1 Stop 24 (corner Clarendon St and Park St) and from Tram 12 Stop 129 (corner Park St and Clarendon St).

The Temperance Hall Midsumma Program has been generously supported by Yal Yal Estate, and Splitrock Tiro.

Images courtesy of Andi, Pippa Samaya & Luigi Vescio; Taylor-Ferné Morris; Anthea Dance, and Christos Linou.