Performing Lines Brings Two Queer Works to Sydney WorldPride 2023
Performing Lines is delighted to announce we will be producing two works for presentation in WorldPride Arts as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023; the world premiere of Betty Grumble’s new durational performance art spectacle 24 Hour Grumble Boogie at Carriageworks; and the endlessly charming queer family offering by Fat Fruit, The Rainbow Tree presented at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
24 Hour Grumble Boogie, produced by Performing Lines NSW, is a collaboration between Sydney based performance art legend Betty Grumble and Melbourne based musician and queer nightlife stalwart DJ HipHopHoe (Niveen Abdelatty). Performed in Carriageworks’ Bay 20 from 12pm 18 February – 12pm 19 February, the project is an all day and all night surreal aerobics class; communal celebration of aliveness; durational way back in, through and with.
Many Sydney residents will be familiar with Betty Grumble’s electric and spiritual Grumble Boogies; a form of queer, embodied, ecofeminist aerobics class, garnering a huge national and international following when broadcast on Instagram Live over lockdown. In this expanded experiment, Betty Grumble and DJ HipHopHoe create something that is at once a creative rite of passage and a pursuit of restorative energy that transcends the physical and psychic schedule of the status quo.
It is a surreal aerobics class, populated with guest performers and facilitators made up of international and local performance art legends. Drop in for a moment to get your body moving; stay ‘til the end, or get yourself a Carriageworks double pass and bounce all day and night between Performance Space’s neighbouring 24 hour queer performance festival Day For Night: Pleasure Arc and 24 Hour Grumble Boogie.
Thank You Body!
The Rainbow Tree, produced by Performing Lines VIC, is a product of a collaboration between Fat Fruit’s Sarah Ward and Bec Matthews, and seven children of Rainbow families. Through this process they allowed the children to dream and let their imaginations run wild, developing a show by Queer families for Queer families and their allies.
Performed by Bec and Sarah as Queer Super Aunties Aunty Bear and Zaza, The Rainbow Tree is musical storytelling with moving image, exploring identity, community and belonging. Using singing and live music, played on instruments and objects you could find around the house, the children’s stories will be brought to life in Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s iconic Eternity Playhouse from 18-20 February 2023.
The music is also accompanied by a series of playful and fabulous projections by Jolyon James (Arena Theatre Company) featuring animation, illustrations and videos the children co-writers themselves.
The show is suitable for children aged 4 – 8, and their parents, friends and allies; and is generously supported in its WorldPride presentation by Linda Herd.
24 Hour Grumble Boogie is produced by Performing Lines, and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; Sydney WorldPride, and the Bundanon Trust. It is presented by Carriageworks with Performance Space.
The Rainbow Tree is produced by Performing Lines. It was jointly commissioned by ArtPlay and Midsumma as part of the PRISM program at Midsumma Festival. PRISM was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. ArtPlay is supported by the City of Melbourne. The project is generously supported by Linda Herd.