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“Oh gee, she’s not really leadership material”. People said to me, “You’re being compared to a 6-foot anglo-saxon guy.” The further you are away from that model, the less of a leader you're thought to be."
Ming Long, non-executive director about the Bamboo Ceiling, on The Drum
Beyond policies and promises, what makes you trust certain leaders? What excites or infuriates you about their public appearances, and what conclusions do you reach? Leading is Following is Leading draws on archival footage of political leaders through the decades - from Robert Menzies to Julia Gillard - to which the extraordinary performers Valerie Berry and Moreblessing Maturure sync their own choreographies of gesture, stance and intonation, putting questions about performances of power under the microscope.
Created by Sydney director Yana Taylor (ex-version 1.0) with a small ensemble, Leading is Following is Leading is a playful and intimate performance installation event.
The jarring gap between live performances and the figures and their words on screen creates room for speculation about the past and space to feel through the new, but real future possibilities of less traditional leaders being our heads of state.
Content warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following performance contains images and voices of people who have died.
Duration 70 minutes
Please Note: Closed Captioning will be provided on this show. Please bring your own device to access these.
SHOW PROGRAM NOTES
List of leaders featured on video from (1930s – 2014)
Benito Mussolini, Robert Menzies, John Curtin, Bob Hawke, Neville Bonner,Mandela, John
Howard, Gloria Arroyo, Barach Obama, Helen Clark, Angela Merkel, Julia Gillard.
Others that also appear:
Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Hilary Clinton, Tony Abbott
Creative Commons with Attribution 4.0 International License & Wikimedia Commons
(photographers –Taxiarchos228 & Pymouss, text of 2001 Australian election speech)
Getty Images, video plus still image from photographer, Monica Davey
Australian Parliament House Broadcasting
Office of Chancellor Angela Merkel/ Bundesregierung/Information Office of the Federal
Government of Germany,
Thank you to Jeff Khan & Dino Dimitriadis plus all producing, marketing and production staff of Performance Space, including Cliffie Rosenberg and Emily Moffat, especially all production staff.
Dr Jess Olivieri
Justine Shi Pearson,
Parramatta Artists’ Studios,
Paschal Daantos Berry
Robert Love & Riverside Theatres,
Stephen Proctor @Procson Pty Ltd,
The LiFiL artist team acknowledge the tradition owners, elders past and emerging of lands, in which we have lived and worked Burragmattagal, Cabrogal, Mulgoa, Wangal of the Darug, Eora, Gadigal, Kaurna, Kurringgai, Tharawal and Gandangara.
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