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Notorious for the sheer intensity of humour, notoriety, and energy in her shows, New York-based performance artist Penny Arcade (aka Susana Ventura) is in Australia.

Her first show in over 20 years, the Sydney run of Longing Lasts Longer promises to be sizzling, saucy, funny, and set to match its successful runs in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Arcade is a set apart – she has her own brand of underground culture that is meant to shock and delight – it’s an idiosyncratic performance, which is more than just comedy or cabaret. And she has the right attitude for it too: “I no longer think one person can change the world, but you can certainly change the world around you. So show up!” said Arcade.

If the unique experience of her previous show Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! is any signal, then this should be a riot – after all, the previous one was a hell-raising blend of political humanism, freedom of expression and erotic dancing.

Longing Lasts Longer
 is different in its theme though – it’s more contemporary and alternate. “You need to be able to see the alternative in order to live the alternative,” said Arcade.

The show is intended to be an extravagant performance that provides Arcade’s personal evaluations of life to make the audiences laugh, dance and be merry, all at the same time.

Being an artist that continuously strives at defying norms and rules of performance art, the aspect of re-inventing the alternate art scene is central to her show.

“What’s being done now in all of the cities – all over the world – is removing the alternative, removing the bohemian, taking the rock and roll, the funk, the poetry right out of it,” explained Arcade.

Penny Arcade is a Warhol Factory superstar and arguably New York’s queen of the underground – witness her show to experience the performance of a lifetime! (JR)

Apr 6–16. Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern. $38+bf. Info & tickets: or


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