Queer Stories at RISING
Find nuanced perspectives on the beauty and challenges of queer life at RISING.
Woven through RISING are stories on the queer experience, told by multifaceted artists. Take a look at this list of RISING 2022 works including blockbuster theatre crossing the boundaries of screen and stage; ritual explorations of gender from Indonesia; intricate knots and Australian Rules football; and a chaotic temple to capitalist excess.
Set Piece — FRI 10—SUN 12 JUNE
Set Piece explores female intimacy through the relationship between screen and stage. The quick-witted script draws on real-life dinner party conversation, improvisation and ‘50s pulp fiction.
The Picture of Dorian Gray — From Sun 5 June
Vanity, beauty, nihilism and sensuality collide with cutting edge tech. Oscar Wilde’s gothic classic, reimagined for the 21st Century.
Hijra'h — THU 9—SUN 12 JUNE
In HIJRA’H, renowned Indonesian dancer and choreographer, Rianto explores gender approaches in dance forms dating back to pre-Islam animism, where transgender spiritual figures were greatly valued.
Anything & Everything — FRI 3—SUN 12 JUNE
Set in a TV studio, Anything & Everything is a live performance that glimpses into the intimate online and IRL spaces where young people navigate technology, identity, ability, connection and consent.
Still Lives : Melbourne — SUN 5 JUNE
The hallowed turf of the MCG replaced with the Great Hall of the NGV. Urgent issues, such as sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia within sporting culture are revealed through the knotty negotiation between bodies.
Maureen : Harbinger of Death — WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE
Jonny Hawkins transforms into Maureen: a razor tongued doyenne with stories to tell, inspired by Hawkins’ friend and self-described “working class glamour queen”.
SEEING IS BELIEVING BUT FEELING IS THE TRUTH — WED 1—SUN 12 JUNE
Paul Yore's glowing beacon at the pinnacle of Golden Square. A sprawling monument to the quasi-religious and ritualistic nature of capitalistic excess.
Lucy Dacus — WED 8 JUNE
Dacus draws from her teenage journals to explore the anxiety and nostalgia of growing up in Richmond, Virginia—Christian Bible camps, young crushes and dancing in the aisles of the corner store.
IMAGE: STILL LIVES: MELBOURNE BY LUKE GEORGE AND DANIEL KOK, 2022. RISING 2022. PHOTO: GREGORY LORENZUTTI