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We Will Slam You With Our Wings




We Will Slam You With Our Wings

by Joanna Dudley (AU)

19 May - 4 Jun, Mon - Sun
11am - 9pm daily

20 May, Sat,
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Atrium, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall

The future is female – and so is the past, as depicted by these portraits of girls as unlikely warriors. Together, they boldly reframe the histories of iconic women through the centuries.

We Will Slam You With Our Wings is a video and sound installation of seven hanging screens, representing a series of 19th century imperialistic portraits. Instead of the lavish depiction of men, an army of young girls aged 8 to 16 each stand in her own frame, in her own regalia and holding her own stance of power. Dudley is their mentor, encouraging the girls to take autonomy over their own voices and to create the world afresh.

In a defiant rebuke of the ghosts of misogynists past, this inspiring blend of opera and videography steals from history’s most renowned opera arias for the dying female soprano. The tragic fates of these operatic figures, however, take a turn for the better. Rather than being led to their deaths as we have grown to expect, this female army leads you to watch them loudly conquer. Famous speeches from the world’s male leaders and dictators, proclaiming declaration of war, are reshaped into a feminist war cry echoing through the ages.

We Will Slam You With Our Wings is a show of intergenerational solidarity, strength and power that speaks to the past, the present, and the future. This highly accessible work introduces the themes of female identity and power in a playful manner without being didactic.

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia


would like to thank our

Funding Archangel

Brenda R. Potter

Catherine Meyburgh | Collaborator & Projection Designer
Rufus Didwiszus | Set and Installation Design
Janosch Mallwitz | Costume Design
Adam Howard | Sound Design and Final Mix
C.A. Van Aswegen | Digital Colourist
Beatrix Juno Dudley | Co-Creator and Performer
Tabatha Howard | Co-Creator and Performer
Kittu Hoyne | Co-Creator and Performer
Esmé Olive Mcgrath | Co-Creator and Performer
Ruth Alice McIlleron | Co-Creator and Performer
Mpho Takane | Co-Creator and Performer
with Joanna Dudley | Co-Creator and Performer


20m on loop (Video installation)
11am – 9pm daily

All Ages
Performed in English
Wheelchair accessible
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