Scene News: The Boon Companions New Years Eve at Bakehouse – Everybody is Going to Die

The Boon Companions present


A New Year’s Eve celebration that is truly a matter of Life and Death.

Saturday 31 December at Bakehouse Studios, Richmond

Romantic art collective The Boon Companions are throwing a New Year’s Eve soiree like no other. A night of performance, art, music, drinking and dancing, Everybody Is Going To Die is an utterly unique immersive theatre party whereby revellers are ‘born’ upon entry and ‘die’ at midnight – only to start their 2017 utterly renewed.

Featuring a secret cast of Artists and multiple rooms depicting various stages of the life cycle, Everybody Is Going To Die is a chance for reflection, for letting go, and moving on – all within the guise of just being a wildly fun party in a perfect venue with dancing and champagne.

Like all Boon Companions events, the details of the evening are secret until doors open – but audiences are utterly promised a NYE experience unlike anything they’ve ever, ever experienced before.

Unbilled artists who have appeared at The Boon Companions’ previous events have included The Presets, Tim Rogers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington, Judith Lucy, Nick Coyle, Zoe Norton-Lodge, First Dog On The Moon, Will and Garrett Huxley (with S.O.S), Kram, Virginia Gay, Angie Hart, Gabi Barton, Simone Page Jones, DJ Richie 1250 and many more.

The Boon Companions are an anonymous live art collective formed in Melbourne in 2014 specialising in events where a degree of trust is handed to the audience, whose very presence and participation helps shape and build the piece.  Their debut work, The Wedding Reception, was an immersive theatre party set at a reception for a fictional couple – combining paying audiences with loose bridesmaids, a hideously awkward best man speech, interactive one-on-one experiences with the groom’s cousin, and an all-in shitfight over the bridal bouquet.

Since then The Boons have staged over eight more of their Dance Magic Dance immersive theatre events, set variously at a 1960’s Parisian salon, a pre-WW2 Australia, and during the second wave of feminism in 1972.   Their commissioned work for the 2015 Festival of Live Art, Cast Party, was set backstage at a Bob Fosse musical in 1979 and featured a cast of forty simultaneously performing in multiple spaces within St. Kilda’s National Theatre building – including the orchestra pit, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms and lobby.

At the very heart of every work is the chance for audiences to experiment with costume, imbibe freely, and dance their faces off.  The remainder of their experience depends on their own personal mapping of the space.  No two people will ever go home having had an identical evening.

Their experimental work, All We Cannot Say – A Voiceless Party, was held in May 2016 and requested audiences sign a vow of silence upon entry and refrain from talking throughout the entire evening.

The Boon Companions‘ fearless forays into experiential theatre and performance have seen them rapidly gather a loyal following in their hometown of Melbourne, without ever once revealing who is involved in the project or pre-publicising artists on the bill.

“Going to a Boon Companions theatre-where-you-can dance event is like being a member of a secret club.” – Time Out Melbourne

Everybody is Going to Die
When: Saturday December 31
Where: Bakehouse Studios, 27-29 Hoddle St, Richmond
Dress: The outfit you’d like to die in.
Cost:  General Admission $150
Tickets: Here

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