85-91 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
In a special edition, Performance Space curates a lineup of Sydney's leading queer contemporary and experimental artists in a raucous celebration of queer performance, queer bodies and queer perspectives. A passionate, provocative and immersive art experience in one of our city's sacred queer spaces, this is a queer tonic for our times.
Queer Nu Werk partners include Moogahlin Performing Arts and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, supported by Lesbians Inc.
Wednesday 3rd March
6.30pm & 9.30pm sessions
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YOUR WERK HARDER ARTISTS
An evening celebrating queer ritual, and queerness as holy space. Queer Nu Werk: Werk Harder revels in the body a site of the queer sacred, exploring how bodies can transcend and trangress normative ideologies and manifest new futures.
Crafting a delicate balance of alternative pop influenced by the likes of The Cure, Prince and Elliot Smith, KYVA embodies a union of worlds: drawing equally from spheres of Dark Wave and Soul to create something entirely new and sonically beautiful.
HOUSE OF SLÉ
The iconic House of Slé is an artist collective, performance group, ballroom house and most importantly family unit that has its origins in western Sydney. Their work blurs the lines between community and art world performance, collapsing notions of hierarchy and power by occupying traditional and non traditional spaces within Sydney and greater Australia.
Sydney living treasure Betty Grumble is a sex clown, activist, performance artist and provocateur who wilfully explodes our ideas about bodies, sex and politics with a generous smile and a worlding wink.
Gareth Ernst will present a specially-commissioned live drawing performance throughout the duration of Queer Nu Werk. Inferno recreates a Boticelli drawing of Dante's infamous Inferno through a tableau of live bodies and Ernst's renowned skill in live drawing performance. Unfolding throughout the night at Universal, Inferno will also be broadcast digitally for anyone to tune in to from home.
A recently-ordained Sister in the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, Aaron Manhattan (Sister Sledge) brings their signature style of queer performance mayhem to Queer Nu Werk: Werk Harder.
Deborah Kelly's CREATION project is the collective evolution of an insurrectionary queer science fiction climate change religion. Queer Nu Werk: Werk Harder will feature CREATION's central liturgy, brought forth in gothic glory by artist SJ Norman then blessed with Stereogamous' soundscaping genius. We’re also proud to present the world premiere of CREATION's first karaoke video, with lyrics by Jīnghuá Qian, sung by heavenly local voices to a new composition by Lex Lindsay.
Daley Rangi is an eclectic multidisciplinary Māori artist generating unpredictable and uncomfortable works. A proud advocate for neurodiversity and bodily integrity, they evade categorisation and invade the status quo, speaking truth to power and setting hierarchies alight. They create participatory live performance, write plays and poetry, and paint self-portraits and mountains.
Demon Derriere is a sassy & filthy booty manipulator & neo-burlesque performance artist whose fiery energy will give your soul a spiritual awakening as her jiggling ass will shake the room. Demon explores her experiences of “otherness” as she expresses sexual energy and blurs the lines between dance and pornography.
Tommy Misa is a Fa'afafine writer, performer and actor. They are driven to create an ongoing response to their life and the ones they love. Tommy feels deep gratitude for moments of Queer joy.