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Joanna Dudley


No expectation can prepare you for the performance of Joanna Dudley. She has created a creature as riveting as anything I’ve seen on stage. Her singing and vocalisation — yelps, throat stops and growls, often distorted into something akin to a theremin — is extraordinary, her conveyance of emotion piercing.

The Australian

Joanna Dudley works internationally as a director, performer and singer; she creates music theatre, choreographs and creates installations. Her interdisciplinary approach has led her to collaborate with artists such as Seiji Ozawa, Les Ballets C de la B, Heiner Goebbels, Thomas Ostermeier, William Kentridge, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Falk Richter and Sasha Waltz. Her work has toured extensively throughout the world.

On behalf of William Kentridge, she created a solo role for his Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015. It has since been presented at Dutch National Opera and at English National Opera in 2017. In collaboration with William Kentridge and Philip Miller, Dudley features as a singer and performer in Refuse the Hour. Premiered at Documenta 13 in 2012, it has since been performed in Amsterdam, Avignon, Vienna, Cape Town, Yale, Perth Australia, California, Argentina and San Francisco. Dudley has also performed in Paper Music at Carnegie Hall, New York; the Print Room, London; Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Florence and the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

In 2016 with Kentridge, Dudley developed The Guided Tour of the Exhibition: for Soprano and Handbag, a co-production between the Foreign Affairs Festival in Berlin and Martin-Gropius-Bau, where it was premiered. It has since been performed at the Whitechapel Gallery and The Print Room in London.

The Guided Tour of the Exhibition: for Soprano and Handbag

Paper Music