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Rebecca Riggs-Bennett

Rebecca Riggs-Bennett

King’s Choice

King’s Choice is a sound and performance work that interrogates the fairy tale protagonist of the prince, through a critique of the 16th-century instruction guide for new princes and royals, ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli. The work explores masculinity, genderfluidity, power, decolonial practices, queer utopias and what it means to challenge authority to become your true self.

About the Artist

Rebecca Riggs-Bennett (she/they) is an Anglo-Australian artist, electronic music producer, composer and sound designer based in Boorloo in Whadjuk country. They work with sound as a device that transmits, transports and transforms, often through forms of live art, installation, and spoken text. Through what can be termed as interdisciplinary, socially-engaged and experiential practice, Rebecca examines systems, entangled histories, ecological networks and personhood to generate immersive and participatory possibilities. Her sonic work includes: Punkaliyarra (BighART/Perth Festival), Painting With Light (Meridian Regional Arts), Time Reveals The Unseen (Yandell Walton/MOD. Adelaide), Nocturna (The Kabuki Drop) Habitats & Homes (10 Nights In Port Festival), Playthings (Black Swan State Theatre Company), Whale Fall (The Kabuki Drop/Perth Festival), Boxed In (WAYTCO), The Table (DADAA) Our Sandman (Cool Change Contemporary) and my sandman (Crack Theatre Festival). Residencies include Fremantle Biennale, PICA, Time_Place_Space: Nomad and Perth Festival Lab.

Daley Rangi is a Māori antidisciplinary artist generating the unpredictable – speaking truth to power, reorienting hierarchies, and investigating injustice. They’ve made a lot of art – not all of it good, but most of it interesting. They are neurodivergent, which appears to infiltrate their work. Speaking of, their practice has, thus far, tackled ecological sovereignty, disability ethics, ideological virality, contested histories, and queer labour. For them, self-biographies are all-at-once discomforting, superfluous, and crucial; in constant dialogue with colonial systems. They have just published their first book of poetry and storytelling, titled
Burnt Tongue. Reflecting on language and self-determination, the collection exhumes tales of resistance and resilience, in a scavenger hunt for forbidden fruit. Daley, like their practice, is inspired by ancestry and still searching for answers. They currently reside in Gadigal Eora country.

Indira Storm is a performing artist based in Boorloo, the Whadjuk country of the Noongar nation. She is an interdisciplinary artist specialising in contemporary dance, pole dance and theatre. She was awarded Edith Cowan University’s Higher Degree by Research scholarship to support her Master’s Research project, Voice in Motion: Connecting voice and movement in contemporary dance. She completed her degree in 2021 and has been working independently since. Most recently she has been working towards community engagement by developing and conducting contemporary low-flow pole workshops. The workshops strive to cross-pollinate skills between contemporary and pole dancers.


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Image: Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Rabit Punch, photo: Edwin Sitt