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‘’They dance, they share, they speak from the heart.''

Sydney Arts Guide

 

Playlist is 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.

This is the kind of work we don’t often have the opportunity to present on our stage – a work that invites you into the world of five young women living in urban contemporary Australia – a world that is not often represented on Australia’s mainstages (yet). Theirs are different stories to tell – and PYT tells them in a new, joyful and uncompromising way.

These five incredible young women tell their personal stories through this genre-defying dance theatre work. They represent a unique and powerful cross section of emerging artists in contemporary Australia, featuring Ebube Uba, a Nigerian-Australian actor and dancer; Neda Taha, a Tongan-Iraqi-Australian hip hop dancer; May Tran a Vietnamese-Australian slam poet; comedic actor Tasha O'Brien; and Croatian-Australian pop star Mara Knezevic.

Who is going to shape the future for women in Australia? Living in the #MeToo world, Playlist explores the experiences, ideas and power of young women. This is a coming of age story exploring contemporary issues through music and dance, hip-hop and pop with musical influences ranging from Solange to Fleetwood Mac, to Rihanna and George Michael, there’s something for all audiences to relate and respond to.

Under the direction of the acclaimed Karen Therese, this multi art-form work is choreographed by dancer and choreographer Larissa McGowan, lighting by Verity Hampson with set design by award-winning visual artist Zanny Begg and sound by Gail Priest and Berlin-based sound architect Jasmine Guffond.

Created by PYT Fairfield (Jump First, Ask Later), one of Australia’s most celebrated makers of brave and transformative new work that reflects the cultural diversity of contemporary Australia.

 

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and PYT Fairfield

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2020 Season.

 Thanks to our 2020 partners

        

Venue

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"If it’s coming from PYT Fairfield, you can be sure that you’re getting a work that allows the youth of Australia to have their own voice''

Theatre Travels

‘’They dance, they share, they speak from the heart. Over the next goddess powered 70 minutes, we will get an insight into what inspires these emergent artists''

Sydney Arts Guide

"We encounter a devised work of theatre, that offers a refreshing and pertinent reflection of who we are, in the here and now''

Suzy Go See

Detailed Warnings for Teachers

Coarse language, adult themes, strobe and haze, ages 14+

 

Subject Links

Drama and Theatre Studies

Dance

English

SOSE

 

Performance Description & Synopsis

A powerful new dance theatre work exploring the state of 21st Century feminism through the lens of pop culture and music. Drawing on the lives and perspectives of five young female-identifying performers from Western Sydney, PLAYLIST unpacks the experiences of young women.

In development when the #MeToo movement exploded, PLAYLIST comes at a critical time, with sharp, and at times confronting, commentary on identity, intersectional feminisms and female empowerment in contemporary Australia.

This is 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.

 

Information for Educators

Diversity and culture are the new normal of contemporary Australia; however, our representation of culture and women varies according to media, society and institutions.

Students can:

ENJOY seeing women close to their age, talking about experiences they can empathise and be empowered by.

ENGAGE in challenging the dominant narrative of mainstream media around representation and who is in power of the way we talk about young people.

RESPOND to the use of Dance Theatre as a medium and style. Students can explore how to incorporate dance into theatrical works to enhance their message.

 

Extension Opportunities

An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

There is a Post-Show Q&A after the performance.

There is a Workshop available after the performance. The workshop is free (with a ticket to the performance). To register for the workshop, mention to Box Office when booking your group.

 

 

Coarse language, adult themes, strobe and haze. Recommended for ages 14+.

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