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Temperance Hall Presents: Thomas Woodman, Benjamin Hurley, and Pia Lauritz (as Billy Soy)

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Co-Curated by Temperance Hall Artistic Director, Phillip Adams and Artistic Associate, Luke George, this program features works by three independent Melbourne dance artists Thomas Woodman, Benjamin Hurley, and Pia Lauritz. A triple-bill of new solo works that ascribe to media fixation, gender-defining provocations, and a queer exploration of self-identity.

We welcome these three next generation choreographers to Temperance Hall offering a program that presents an intermeshing of experimental, queer and interdisciplinary choreography. Pia, Tom and Benjamin garmented to run amuck with decadence and sophistication, as only Temperance Hall will allow.

- Phillip Adams, Artistic Director Temperance Hall

Thomas Woodman presents: A dead-end in itself, a contemplation of how to interpret information in a world where the outlets for dispersing such information continue to proliferate. The work departs from the elusive claim made by artist Chris Burden during Poem for L.A. – a TV advertisement from 1975 – “Science has failed / Heat is life / Time kills”.  A dead-end in itself  runs with this claim then turns it inside out, struggling with irresolvable paradoxes.  

Benjamin Hurley presents: UpAndUpAndUpAndUpa never ending spiral of ascension that continuously fires like a loose canon. Slapstick humour and irrational decision making envelope a queering of identity in situ. A bright red light beams, intensifying its rays upon a lost and scrambling French boy searching for his bearings. Time vacuumed into a vortex of lucid colour, synth techno pop art, slime, looping sketches and a dripping wetsuit draped from the sky. It never ends.

Pia Lauritz presents Billy Soy, a dance exploration into Pia's budding Drag King identity, William Von Soy: Hey groovers, I’m Billy Soy! Your fave keen (soy)bean silly boy. I’m all about the good vibes… so have a drink - or five - and watch me wiggle my heart out for a live audience!

William Von Soy xx

Full program information including descriptions of individual works and artist bios are available on the Temperance Hall website:…itz-as-billy-soy/


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Image credit (left to right): Emma Riches, J Forsythe, Caitlin Dear

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