Created by Julia Croft & Nisha Madhan
"I am looking for a language which exists outside the patriarchal definitions. Of course that is not possible. But who is any longer interested in the possible"- Kathy Acker
Power Ballad is an angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes hidden ideologies. Part performance lecture, part karaoke party, Power Ballad deconstructs gendered linguistic histories and rips apart contemporary language to find a new articulation of pleasure, anger and femaleness.
With an 80s soundtrack to rival any school disco, Power Ballad is anarchic, loud and filled with feminist rage and Annie Lennox.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Total Theatre award in the 2017 Edinburgh fringe. Power Ballad has been performed at the Basement Theatre (Auckland), Blue Room (as part of 2017 Perth Fringe), Arts House, (as part of 2017 Melbourne Fringe), Battersea Arts Centre (London), as part of the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (Ireland) and will next be performed at The Cultch (Vancouver).
"Power Ballad is a revolution: winking while bringing both form and content to its knees in a way that is deeply, deeply hopeful. " - Pantograph Punch
Winner; Best contemporary performance/live art, best performer (Auckland Fringe 2017)
Winner; Melbourne Festival 'Discovery Award" (Melbourne Fringe 2017)
Shortlisted: Total Theatre award for emerging artist/ company (Edinburgh Fringe 2017)
Pantograph Punch here
Full show recording available.