Presented by THE RABBLE and Vitalstatistix

Joan raises her hand to the sky.

It bursts into flames.
Everywhere there are women burning.
White ash falls.

A miraculous historical figure, Joan of Arc is a teenage girl, a virgin solider, illiterate and poor, predestined for sacrifice. Her body is the vessel for a nation’s anxieties  – and for six centuries, an effigy of gendered violence.

THE RABBLE’s radical homage to Joan of Arc is an extraordinary, prescient and surreal performance.

For over a decade, feminist theatre mavericks THE RABBLE have reimagined and repopulated familiar stories. Don’t miss their first presentation in South Australia, in the midwinter ambience of Vitalstatistix’s home in Port Adelaide.

“For the past decade the company has refined an aesthetic of theatrical poetry that is unlike any other in Australia. For comparison, you’re forced to reach for the dance theatre of Pina Bausch, or the radical, desolating visual language of Romeo Castellucci.” – Alison Croggon, The Monthly

Vitalstatistix’s presentation of JOAN is part of a multi-year partnership with THE RABBLE. 

ULYSSES workshop/creative development (invitation only): 20-22 July

Image credit: David Paterson

Company/Presenter Profile

THE RABBLE (Kate Davis and Emma Valente) was formed in 2006 from a desire to make work that wasn’t being produced in Australia: visually ambitious, political, feminist and formally experimental. THE RABBLE exists as a reaction to a conservatism that dominates our stages. THE RABBLE aims to radically re-imagine theatrical experiences and to repopulate familiar stories with female voices and aesthetics. THE RABBLE points at subterranean feminist concepts in iconic stories from folklore and literature.


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Performance Dates

17-22 July
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide



Creative Team

Kate Davis (co-creator, set and costume design), Emma Valente (co-creator, text, direction, light and sound design), Martyn Coutts (AV design), Leisa Shelton (dramaturgy), Josh Wright (producer). Featuring: Ra Chapman, Emily Milledge, Dana Miltins and Mary Helen Sassman.