Leading is Following is Leading - Yana Taylor

Leading Is Following Is Leading, Yana Taylor, Performer: Moreblessing Maturure. Image by Liz Ham.
Leading Is Following Is Leading, Yana Taylor, Performer: Moreblessing Maturure. Image by Liz Ham.


Yana Taylor

Dates & Session Times

Wednesday 21 Oct - 7:30pm
Thursday 22 Oct - 7:30pm
Friday 23 Oct - 7:30pm
Saturday 24 Oct - 7:30pm
Sunday 25 Oct - 6:30pm


Performer & collaborator
Valerie Berry

Performer, Speech Writer & Collaborator
Moreblessing Maturure

Multimedia Artist & Collaborator
David Kirkpatrick

Video Artist & Collaborator 
Sean Bacon

Concept, Research & Direction
Yana Taylor

Tariro Mavondo

Chris Ryan

Production & Stage Manager
Amber Silk

Lighting Design
Frank Mainoo

Video Documentation 
Martin Fox


This show is SOLD OUT! Put your name on the waiting list. 

“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. 


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

ReelBlack TV
Procson Pulpits

Office of Chancellor Angela Merkel/ Bundesregierung/Information Office of the Federal

Government of Germany,
TedX, Auckland

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,
Kenneth Moreleda
Parramatta Artists’ Studios,
Paschal Daantos Berry
Robert Love & Riverside Theatres,
Sophia Kouyoumdjian,
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.


COVID-19; Keeping Everybody Safe
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With minimum capacities in venues this year, we ask that you Respect Your Reservation and the amazing artists and creatives performing, regardless of cost. If you’re feeling unwell or can no longer join us, please let us know by 10am the day of the show so we can offer your seat to someone else. Please see our returns and exchanges policy for more details.

Project Supporters

Performance Space

University of Sydney
This project was supported through a residency at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, the University of Sydney.

Australia Council for the Arts
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Create NSW
This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. 

Rex Cramphorn Studio at Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

We acknowledge the generosity of Parramatta Artists' Studios development funding for our team's residency in the Rex Cramphorn Studios, University of Sydney.

Our thanks to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta who provided secure rehearsal studio space.

We acknowledge the Burramattagal/Darug and Gadigal, traditional owners on whose country this work was made and recognise the elders past, present and emerging.

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