DEMOLITION is an unapologetic and sweaty reclamation of space in-development by the creative minds behind smash hits Hot Brown Honey and APOCALIPSTICK.
An all-femme intersectional posse of performers take a jackhammer to the patriarchy in a brute force explosion of live performance, epic remixes, parkour, contortion, angle-grinding, weight lifting, aerials and transformative costuming.
Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
Metro Arts, West Village
Image by FenLan Chuang
POLYTOXIC is an Australian collective known for creating hyper-visual, pop-inspired performance work built upon foundations of diversity, collaboration and intersectionality.
The company is led by two feminist performance-makers at the top of their game: Lisa Fa’alafi & Leah Shelton. Lisa is the renowned Co-Creator of smash-hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a Helpmann, two Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Leah has created two renegade feminist solo works, Terror Australis (which most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured the major Australian Festivals and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim in 2019.
Samoan Australian Lisa Fa’alafi is a director, performance maker, choreographer and designer. Known for pushing cultural and gender boundaries, her work is visually stunning, highly entertaining, conceptual, political and satirical at heart. She earned her artistic stripes as Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, with whom she created landmark works that continue to inspire Pacific artists to this day. Lisa has worked with Rosanna Raymond’s SaVAge K’lub (APT GOMA), ATUA (NGA), Nick Cave: The Heard (GOMA), The Guilty Feminist, Babushka, Circa, Don’t Speak UK, The Treasury London, Bechdel, The Arts Hour BBCC. Her work has been seen at major festivals internationally, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame, Dublin Fringe, Planet IndigenUs Canada and PS122’s COIL Festival NYC. Lisa co-created the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey, which has played to over 50,000 people across five countries, garnering numerous 5-star reviews, a 2017 Helpmann, two 2016 Green Rooms and UK’s Total Theatre Award for Innovation.
Psycho-siren Leah Shelton creates stylized, guttural, renegade feminist work soaked in cult references and dark humour. Her work has taken her from the glamour of Las Vegas to the back streets of Kings Cross, from rigorous training in Japan to live art festivals in New York.
With Lisa Fa’alafi, Leah is Co-Director of artist collective Polytoxic, creating hyper-visual works underpinned by diversity and collaboration.
As a solo artist, Leah has played on and off West End in London. She has graced the cabaret stages of La Clique, Club Briefs, Little Death Club, Vegas Nocturne and Jonny Woo’s UnRoyal Variety Show. She has created two solo works: Terror Australis (which received numerous awards and most recently toured throughout France); and Bitch On Heat, directed by Ursula Martinez, which toured Australia and Soho Theatre London to critical acclaim and standing ovations.
Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers
A killer Music Director, Composer, Sound Artist, Music Dramaturg and Performance Maker, Busty Beatz has been making fearless art to activate, pollinate and liberate for over 30 years. Of Xhosa heritage and living on Yuggera country, Busty creates global sonic experiences intersecting disciplines, politics and soundlines. This beat-making Mama is the Co-Creator, MD and Queen Bee of the international smash hit Hot Brown Honey winning the UK Total Theatre Award, a Helpmann and two Greenrooms. She is a sound visionary, defying genres and bringing fierce empowerment to activate museums, galleries, theatres and public spaces.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.