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Supersense Festival

06 Aug 2019

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By Alex Dalziel

Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic will return to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 from August 23 to 25.

In its third year, the immersive program will host a range of performances across the weekend, collaborating with premiere artists from Australia and overseas.

In 2019, the festival will be set within the underground maze of Arts Centre Melbourne’s buildings, venues and walkways. The program will bring together elements of music, theatre, dance and performance ritual.

The festival is the creation of Arts Centre Melbourne and Australian New York-based performer and curator Sophia Brous. An artist of diverse interests, Brous has commissioned a number of large-scale productions and concerts both in New York and Australia.

Ms Brous told Southbank Local News that this year’s festival would be bigger than ever, with elements everybody could enjoy.

Supersense this year is broader and the most ambitious festival yet, with some of the most stunning artists, icons and agitators coming together across music, theatre and dance. There is something in the program for everyone.”

“Go along to see an artist you love and admire but then expect to be blown away by an altogether different artist playing behind door number two.”

From 2016 to 2018, Brous was an artist-in-residence of National Sawdust; an arts institution and venue in Williamsburg, New York. She was also a former resident artist of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Centre and the Red Bull Studios New York.

Brous said that audiences should be excited by the diverse line-up, which promised to surprise.

Supersense is special in that it brings together artists from all around the world, ranging in ages from 20 to 80, across generations, culture and art forms. From icons of music, dance, theatre and performance to emerging visionary contemporary artists,” Ms Brous said.

“Audiences will leave with a feeling of curiosity, inspiration and maybe even revelation.”

The 2019 program line-up includes American theatre icon Robert Wilson who is performing and directing John Cage’s A Lecture on Nothing in an Australian exclusive.

Also featuring will be New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding and avant-garde jazz group The Art Ensemble of Chicago, led by Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, celebrating their 50th anniversary dedication to Lester Bowie, Shaku Joseph Jarman and Malachi Favor Maghostut.

“Expect to have your mind blown and heart opened. Supersense is all killer no filler,” Ms Brous said.

For more information on the full line up visit artscentremelbourne.com.au/supersense-festival

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