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Do your voices have faces?
Don't miss The Voices of Joan of Arc now playing at Northcote Town Hall in the Next Wave Festival 2016 until 14 May. Book your tickets here

Janie Gibson, Next Wave Festival 2016, Northcote Town Hall, Voices Joan of Arc, Play, Theatre, Performance, Devised, Dance, Drama
Janie Gibson as Joan of Arc

The Voices of Joan of Arc is a fifty minute performance devised by Janie Gibson embodying 'Joan' and Daniel Han as the 'Inquisitor', torturer, executioner; God's advocate on earth.

Joan is depicted as an empowered young woman with a fearless drive and belief, answering the call of God to save her country, France, from destruction by England. Joan does not descend into madness or delusion; she is strong, intelligent and resolute until her death, unlike Bernard Shaw's 'Saint Joan'.

Joan not only battles for her country but for her female identity and dignity. The 'Inquisitor' questions Joan's virginity and accuses her of sleeping with her army, inventing her visions, lying, cross dressing and heresy. The central provocation is whether Joan is condemned to death, or whether she condemns herself.

'What do your voices look like Joan? Do they have faces? Do they have arms and legs?'

The costume, lighting and set is simple and poignant – a candelabra and an altar, with soft ambience created by candlelight in contrast to the blood red cassock of the 'Inquisitor'.

Amelia Evans has carefully extracted the essence of the historical woman of 'Joan' from the 1400's and carried her message to the contemporary world.

Xani Kolac (The Twoks) creates a soundscape of electric violin, bells, voice and drumming that weaves the narrative and prayers of Joan through Gregorian style chant with a haunting twist.

The Voices of Joan of Arc is an impressive production, and one of the many new works on now at the Next Wave Festival 2016, presented in association with Darebin Arts' Speakeasy.
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Why? Challenge your beliefs
When: Tue–Sat 9pm | Sun 8pm | Sat 7 May 3:15pm & 9pm | Fri 13 May 3pm & 9pm
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
Cost: $28 Full / $23 Concesssion
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