Epic Nights at RISING
2023 Program Guide
Orbiting around Flinders Street Station, RISING 2023 spills out into the streets, car parks, churches, theatres, town square and Birrarung. A break from business as usual and a chance to rave and revel in the grand and the granular. The epic and absurd.
TANZ — THU 8 — SAT 10 JUNE
The Tarantino of dance, Florentina Holzinger’s abject two-act romp plunges meat hooks through the idea of self-optimisation in the name of art and beauty.
GHETTO BIENNALE — THU 8—SUN 18 JUNE
Atis Rezistans (Resistance Artists) occupy Alpha 60 Chapter House with an ambitious, metamorphic celebration of Haitian street culture, spirit guardians and revolution.
OIL PRESSURE VIBRATOR — FRI 16 — SAT 17 JUNE
An intrepid performance-lecture that plunges a big bucket cylinder into preconceptions about sexuality, technology and the body, then digs past them, towards a place of earth-moving self-pleasure.
HEAR MY EYES : GOOD TIME — FRI 9 JUNE
The Safdie Brothers’ white-knuckled heist movie re-scored live by preeminent Melbourne rhythm and rap experimentalists.
EUPHORIA — FRI 2—SUN 18 JUNE
A surround-sound world hooked to the pulse of jazz, the conscience of a children’s choir and big ideas that test capitalism’s mantra of endless, euphoric consumption.
ANTHEM — WED 7 JUNE — SUN 18 JUNE
Billowing visuals and lush acoustics transmit an ethereal ode to New Age pioneer Beverly Glenn-Copeland, and the search for the wavelengths that bind us.
BUŊGUL — WED 14 — THU 15 JUNE
The Inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupiŋu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), brought to the stage in a hypnotic live performance by Yolgnu dancers and songmen with the MSO.
THIS — FRI 9—SUN 18 JUNE
Devolving, shaming and space invading. Fear, conspiracy, collapse, terror, frustration, solidarity and hope. Mud wrestling. THIS is a brutally funny, raw and unflinching response to the theme of infuriation.
NIGHT TRADE — WED 7 — 18 JUNE
The St Paul’s Cathedral grounds become a fluid space of curated chaos. A free meeting place for song, dance, deliciousness and the uncanny.
TANZ by Florentina Holzinger. Photo: Nada Žgank