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Temperance Hall
199 Napier St
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205 Australia

(03) 9645 9937
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ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY

Presented by Temperance Hall

“ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY” is a one night happening and terrestrial encounter that’s a little bit extra, where performance and art get intimate on the dancefloor.

Curated by Temperance Hall’s Artistic Associate Luke George, this whole venue takeover includes an epic line-up of some of Naarm’s most electric artists working in dance, sound, visual installation and costume design, intersecting with revered party priestess of Naarm, DJ Stev Zar live-mixing an empowering set of genre blending beats to charge your body and soul.

“ALIENS” is inspired by Luke’s time living in Brooklyn, New York City between 2010–2017, and his participation in the many grass-roots and community/artist-led performance events led by the expansive and diverse artists and queers of New York.

“ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY” takes its title from the bizarre name of the artist-visa required for a creative to enter, reside and work in the USA. These happenings intend to reclaim “othering” and transform such through a gathering that celebrates the electric, inclusive and spontaneous energy of Naarm’s incredible alternative queer party scene.

Credits

Curator: Luke George
Artists: Alexander Powers, Andrew Treloar, Govind Pillai, Joel Bray, Luigi Vescio, MaggZ, Rosalind Crisp, Sarah Aiken, Stev Zar, and Tony Yap

Image credit: “ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY” (2023), Design by Shaun Manyweathers.

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Luke George is a multidisciplinary artist creating work that spans performance, installation, craft and curation. Luke was born in lutruwita. and resides on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm. Informed by queer politics and spaces, Luke’s works explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other. Luke’s work takes him across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, with notable presentations at the Venice Biennale, National Galleries of Victoria and Singapore, RISING, Dance Massive, Liveworks Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, Time Based Art Festival and many more.

Stev Zar is a DJ, party thrower & head honcho at UMAMI Collective. She explores the sonic realm of club music through fast paced genre-shifting. Invoking cultural, colourful, manic and queer sounds through mixing, they serve up some body-euphoric stylings of sambass, industrial techno, electronica, drums edits, ballroom/vogue and so much more – so you can expect eclectic realness when Stev Zar steps up to the plate. Stev Zar has also supported industry heavyweights like Junglepussy, UNiiQU3, Leonce, Dinamarca, TT The Artist, Martyn Bootyspoon, Cakes Da Killa and Tygapaw.

Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker who performed with European companies and choreographers and with Chunky Move. Joel’s intimate dance-theatre encounters in unorthodox spaces spring from his Wiradjuri heritage, using humour to engage audiences in rituals about sex, history, trauma and healing. Joel’s works: “Biladurang”, “Dharawungara”, “Daddy”, “Considerable Sexual License” and “I Liked It, BUT”, have been presented in Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks, Dance Massive and Arts Centre Melbourne. Joel was the 2019 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow, a New Breed choreographer with Sydney Dance Company and is Chunky Move’s inaugural Choreographer-in-Residence.

Alexander Powers is a Narrm based artist experimenting across electronic music, dance and choreography. She has created two full-length choreographic works, “Time Loop” (2019), Brunswick Mechanics Institute, and “inp