Never tilt your chair back on two legs

Louise Devenish, Leah Scholes & Vanessa Tomlinson | 10 - 11 April, 7:30pm

Never tilt your chair back on two legs brings together Australia’s leading female percussionists to present a sonic double-bill interweaving action, notation and gesture. Set at a formal dinner table, the percussionists re-enact etiquette using utensils engaged with eating and drinking, chronicling two centuries of table dining implements and customs.

With an emphasis on the evolving roles of women, Never tilt your chair back on two legs highlights the practices of four award-winning Australian female musicians, featuring the premiere of a new work by composer Kate Neal (VIC) alongside the Australian premiere of the seminal 1970’s music-theatre work Dressur by Mauricio Kagel. Originally designed for the male voice and body, Kagel’s Dressur will be reworked for three female voices, becoming a significant contribution to the performance and history of the work, forty years after its premiere.



Please note: We’re sorry to advise that access is currently limited for patrons in wheelchairs as our elevator is temporarily out of service. The ground floor gallery can be accessed via PICA Bar & Cafe. For more information please don’t hesitate to give the gallery a call on 9228 6300. We apologise for the inconvenience.  

  • Presented by
    Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Tura New Music

    Louise Devenish
    Leah Scholes
    Vanessa Tomlinson

  • Post Show Panel
    Tue 11 April, approx 8:45pm
    All ticket holders are welcome to attend.

  • Tickets

    Early bird: $20
    Standard: $32
    Member: $26
    Concession & Groups (6+): $22

    *Early bird offer available for pre-sales until 16 March.
  • Booking / 9228 6300
    or in person at PICA reception.

  • Dates & Times

    10 – 11 April, 7:30pm

  • Location

    PICA Performance Space

  • Duration

    60 minutes plus interval