Direction & Choreography: Jenni Large in collaboration with the dancers > Harrison Elliot, Lilly King, Tyrel Dulvarie, Taiga Kita-Leong, Lily Potger & Georgia Van Gils

Sound Design: Anna Whitaker
Costume Design: Bethany Cordwell
Lighting Design: Ben Hughes
Head Electrician: Claire Browning
Production Manager: Candice Marshall
Stage Manager: Yanni Dubler
Technical Coordinator: Mick Trevisan

Truth Beauty Suffering | Australasian Dance Collective 
PREMIERE SEASON for OHM Festival, Meanjin/Brisbane Powerhouse March 20-23, 2024

Truth Beauty Suffering explores the dual between romance and capitalism. Two constructs born and raised alongside one another, till death do they part. Some say the modern quest for love has overshadowed religious practice, others muse on fears of collective lovelessness and mainstream cultural depictions of romance hardly do justice to the ineffable toil of bearing our souls. Starved by profound loneliness we lust for fantastical ideals while capitalism benefits from our fragile self-esteem… All is not fair in love and war.

Mirroring the socio-cultural tragedy of our yearning hearts, this twisted fairytale consumes and criticizes the romantic utopia. In love and war we are both fearful and courageous, degraded and emboldened. Star crossed lover’s sing, slap and smear towards and away from connection. What will it take for a love ethic* to prevail?

*In her seminal book All About Love, author Bell Hooks defines a ‘love ethic’ — “A love ethic presupposes that everyone has the right to be free, to live fully and well. To bring a love ethic to every dimension of our lives, our society would need to embrace change.”


Photos by David Kelly