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Valence

Valence is an electrifying performance series that will ignite the senses and challenge perceptions. Curated to captivate the intellect and stir the soul, Valence brings together visionary artists, exploring the now, pushing the boundaries of convention, inviting reflection and action.

Celebrating the powerful chemistry between performers and audience alike, Valence crystallises the zeitgeist of our times, inviting viewers to confront uncomfortable truths and embrace the possibilities of transformation.

Artists and audiences will converge in Valence, through an explosive journey of mind-blowing art; celebrating the power of collaboration and connection.

From some of Australia’s leading performance makers, don’t miss your chance to see a range of astounding works from July – September 2024.


Valence

Performance for Now

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Canberra Theatre Centre presents
44 SEX ACTS IN ONE WEEK
by David Finnigan
Club House Productions

44 Sex Acts

 

18–20 July 2024
The Playhouse

Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. Girl f**s boy 44 times. World collapses. 

From the razor-sharp quill of David Finnigan (Kill Climate Deniers) comes a pressure cooker sex-com. Watch 4 hilarious actors go down on their microphones, mangos, and melons in this slippery and subversive take on a classic radio play. 44 Sex Acts is a response to humanity’s decision to go harder, faster, faster, FASTER! towards the end of the world as we know it.

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Canberra Theatre Centre presents
MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
by Eliza Sanders
A House of Sand Production

Manage Your Expectations

 

2–4 August 2024
Courtyard Studio

House of Sand’s signature melding of forms is back in town!

Manage Your Expectations takes the idea of the ‘trigger warning’ to its absurdist extreme using humour to question how ‘informed’ consent can really be and asking, ‘How much do you really want to know?’ Be prepared to go on a hilarious and moving journey using a unique blend of dance, theatre, live film, clowning, and logic-bending philosophising.

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Canberra Theatre Centre presents
TROPHY BOYS
by Emmanuelle Mattana
A Soft Tread production in association with The Maybe Pile

Trophy Boys

 

5–10 August 2024
Courtyard Studio

Trophy Boys is a queer black comedy about power, privilege and high school debating.

Using a winning combination of satire and camp, Trophy Boys interrogates the well-documented toxic masculinity, misogyny and homophobia of our elite private boys’ schools, and their prevalence in the backgrounds of those holding the highest offices in the country.

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Canberra Theatre Centre presents
Marrugeku’s
JURRUNGU NGAN-GA [STRAIGHT TALK]

Jurrungu_Ngan-ga

 

23–24 August 2024
The Playhouse

Brimming over with sadness, anger, joy and steely resistance, Jurrungu Ngan-ga is a deeply affecting and urgent work by one of our nation’s most innovative dance theatre companies, that confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration.

With dark humour and courage, Jurrungu Ngan-ga interrogates our capacity to lock away that which we fear and shines a light on new ways to resist.

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Canberra Theatre Centre presents
ENEMIES OF GROOVINESS EAT SH!T
by Betty Grumble
Produced by Performing Lines

Enemies of Grooviness

 

4–7 September 2024
Courtyard Studio

Betty Grumble performance artist Emma Maye Gibson re-emerges, bringing her latest offering Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t back to the stage as a mantric wish.

Conjured as an antidote to the ever-present cultures of violence and ecocide, Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t is poetry, a tribute, a rock n roll performance art collision, love scene and revenge fantasy. An unshaming dance and chance to allow ourselves to be seen, it is a sensual, surreal and sublime experience of an all singing, dancing, howling and loving cabaret du Sex Clown.

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Explore What’s On at our venue in 2024.