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Rising Festival: Anito

Anito by Justin Talplacido Shoulder

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Wed 5 June — 9 June

Arts House, Melbourne

Tickets $44 – $49 at

Ancient Filipino ritual funerary gold objects were melted down by the Spanish colonisers and moulded into their crucifixes. ANITO speculates a Future Folklore where this raw material is remoulded into new forms, both sacred and profane. Miraculous ecologies emerge from a fertile and evolving landscape crafted by hands and activated by bodies. Megafauna dance deep time. A spectre appears charting the trajectory of humanity and setting it in a reverse spiral. Roots from the ancestral underworld create cracks in colonial foundations. Seasons change, in a world of sheer terror and tremendous beauty.

Honouring their roots in Sydney’s underground queer and diasporic club scenes, the collective behind ANITO build on their shared histories of costume, puppetry, drag, dance, and experimental electronic music to re-imagine myths and stories for the now.