In Repertoire

ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, VITALSTASTIX and RCC FRINGE FOR 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres


‘Howl takes the moment of reception of key works of art and expresses their impact on the complex surfaces of the body.
And yet. Performing the body as the site of artistic reception is profoundly complex, and even dangerous. ‘ — Esther Anatolitis

‘It’s tough to feel good when everything is bad, but then you see something like this. Art that’s powerful and funny and relevant, and it makes a difference.’ — Natalie Carfora

Do those who object to contemporary art prefer community parades?

In 2020 APHIDS presents a reimagining of Howl for the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres,curated by Leigh Robb. From depictions of sexuality and the human body that have challenged the status quo, to acts of civil disobedience, Howl commemorates 15 artworks that have challenged the acceptable and changed the conversation about legitimacy and art forever. This is a requiem that is unquestionably queer, arguably dangerous and probably obscene.

Created by Willoh S. Weiland, Lara Thoms and Lz Dunn, Howl energetically probes the reactions art can invoke, and the perspective that history permits.


Originally performed for the Festival of Live Art, 2016, and recontextualised at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art in 2018. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, the Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia, and commissioning partners.

Created and Performed by — Willoh S. Weiland, Lara Thoms and Lz Dunn
Show Director and Dramaturg — Mish Grigor
Sound Designer — Sascha Budimski
Lighting Designer — Jennifer Hector
SA Performers — Emma Beech, Felicity Boyd, Chelsea Farquhar, Britt Plummer,
Cynthia Schwertsik, Jo Stone and Henry Wolff
Production and Stage Manager — Emma O’Neill
Stage Manager — Danielle Reynolds
Runner — Meg Wilson
Urinal Design — Yvette Turnbull
Additional Sound Design — Rachael Dease, Emah Fox
APHIDS Operations Manager — Rebecca McCauley

Art Gallery of South Australia
11–13 March, 8:30pm

Images Thomas McCammon and Nat Rogers

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APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.