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Taylor Mac - A 24-Decade History of Popular Music - Chapter I: 1776—1836
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
5:30 PM
From murder ballads to speakeasy jazz, Women’s Liberation anthems to Walt Whitman, this is a show 240 years in the making and 24 hours in the telling.

Taylor Mac’s mission is nothing short of extraordinary: to chart a complete social history of a nation through the music that scored its rebellions and revolutions, triumphs and tragedies.

Across four six-hour epics of staggering scale, Mac enlists the aid of over one hundred local and international performers—from acrobats and burlesque artists to choirs and marching bands—to join this fearless quest.

Hailed as a Ring Cycle for the 21st century, this once-in-a-lifetime experience has never been seen outside the US and is co-commissioned by and exclusive to Melbourne Festival. Part celebration and part exorcism, it’s a no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, history, performance and art that will take its place as one of the most spectacular stage events Melbourne has ever witnessed.

The American Revolution from the perspective of the Yankee Doodle Dandy, the early Woman’s Lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs, early Temperance songs, a dream sequence where you are blindfolded and the heteronormative narrative as colonization.