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  • Performed by Taylor Mac, Alexander Horowitz, Jon Natchez, Dave Berger, Gary Wang, Sarah Gancher. Taylor's outfit by Machine Dazzle. Filmed by Kevin Yatarola at Joe's Pub in January, 2012.

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Taylor Mac: 20th Century Concert (Abridged)

THU 15 AUGUST, 2013

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Bedazzled shaman Taylor Mac purges the past by performing a sacrificial ritual of songs from the 20th Century.

Internationally acclaimed singer/theatre artist Taylor Mac, who Time Out Australia calls “a genuine leader of our times”, brings radical fairy sacrament realness to this concert of popular music classics. Expect at least one song from each decade of the 20th Century to act as a springboard for frivolity, oblation and rapture.

This 20th Century Concert is the abridged version of Taylor Mac’s community building odyssey A 24 Hour History of Popular Music. Held at New York’s famous Joe’s Pub, all decades will be stitched together culminating in a 24-hour long extravaganza (in 2014) which will feature Taylor Mac, a 24-piece orchestra, dancing beauties, special guests and audience members.

We welcome you to participate in this event. You won’t be forced, but often invited. Sing, play parts, dance, eat, meditate, exercise, sleep, flirt, spend an hour completely blind, another at war, another immigrating to a Jewish Tenement, and on and on, all while listening to how mythology meets melody.

Inspired by
Residencies with Sundance Theatre and the Edward Albee Foundation Grants from New York State Council of the Arts Fellowship with Ensemble Studio Theatre
Known for
Performances at New York’s Lincoln Centre, Sydney Opera House, San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, London’s Soho Theatre and hundreds of other venues across the globe Winner of multiple awards including an Obie Award, Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel Award, three Brighton Best of Festival awards and many more TV feature roles on BBC2, BBC4, MTV and The Sci-Fi Channel


Taylor Mac seduces you, breaks your heart, patches it back up again and sews sequins along the scars.

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