Moira Finucane (AU): The Art of Provocation


Moira Finucane foto/photo by: Paul Dunn


Moira Finucane, internationally acclaimed Queen Provocateur, equal part rock-goddess, poetess, dark angel and party-animal, Australia’s “national treasure”, invites/lures workshop participants to plunge into The Art of Provocation, working with Moira and haunting singer/songwriter Clare St Clare to create your own Intimate Spectacles, just a few minutes long. Together we will create a Franken-Variety; made up of the body parts of old-style entertainment genres, hijacked, stitched together and electrified into something new.

Moira says  “What I am interested in, in my work, is Provocation – in a nutshell my practice is creating salons, intimate theatrical spectacles and provocative variety; hijacking myriad artforms, engaging unique and extraordinary artists and pecking the eyes out of old style entertainment genres to create indelible visions of liberation, humanity, power and desire.

I am interested in the melding of provocation and entertainment, in taking the essence of an image or idea, in exploring the complexity and redemptive potential of humanity, in cherishing and challenging my audiences  – I believe it’s a very powerful cocktail.”

Participants are asked to bring in their own ‘provocation’: a piece of music,  an idea, a song, beads, shoes in fact anything that excites you, inspires, moves, or  is a powerful force in your imagination or dreams – it might be a poem, a prop, a costume, a dance, a drag, a character, a monologue, a muse. Any artform is embraced and celebrated. What have you got to lose!


Authors and performers: participants of The Art of Provocation workshop conducted by Moira Finucane: Tanja Canning, Maja Delak, Katja Kosi, Slobodan Malić, Vid Merlak, Gal Oblak, Dani Petković, Valentina Plaskan, Luka Prinčič, Slavko Trivković, Noemi Veberič Levovnik, Lana Zdravković;

special guests: Moira Finucane and Clare St Clare
Light design: Betty Siemers,
Costume support: Urška Recer
Make-up: Tina Prpar (Tinka Pobalinka)


Moira Finucane (Finucane & Smith) occupies a visionary place in performance art; her wild & arresting mix of provocation & entertainment plunges a fork into the toaster of cabaret, burlesque and performance art and creates electrifying visions of humanity, freedom, power and desire. Erotically charged, seuive and subversive. She creates ‘worlds so beautiful it hurts to leave them’; intimate theatrical spectacles, surreal indoor carnivals, literary adventures & provocative variety. With co-Artistic Director Jackie Smith, the house of Finucane & Smith has won 15 international theatre awards, with seasons from Beijing’s National Theatre of China to Latin America’s most celebrated Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, and is currently in residence at one of the world’s most beautiful galleries, the NGV.

Moira Finucane @ City of Women Festival: Gotharama, Oct 12 at 8pm, Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana.

Practical Information

When and Where

5 Day Workshop in Klub Gromka, Metelkova mesto
Oct 10 & 11 (Sat & Sun) 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Oct 13 & 14 (Tues, Wed) 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Oct 15 (Thurs) – 2 p.m. onwards (the exact working schedule for the last workshop/public presentation day will be agreed on during workshop week!).

Public Presentation in Klub Gromka, Metelkova mesto
October 15, 2015 – at 10:00 p.m.: Public performance with the presentation of a few selected workshop acts in the framework of the Image Snatchers technoburlesque event by Emanat.


The workshop is designed for actors, dancers and performers with some professional stage experience. All interested parties are asked to submit an application consisting of a brief description of their stage experience and a brief statement explaining their motivation for participating in the workshop. Application criteria are regular attendance on all five days of the workshop. Readiness to participate in the public performance on Thursday, October 15 in Klub Gromka is desirable but not obligatory.


Organised by Emanat & the City of Women Association
In collaboration with Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Coordination and executive production: Sabina Potočki
Financially supported by: Ministry for Culture RS, Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture

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