It’s time to sing the patriarchy into submission

In a defiant rebuke of the ghosts of misogynists past, this inspiring operatic video installation from performer and choreographer Joanna Dudley steals from some of history’s most notoriously sexist speeches and recasts them into a feminist war cry echoing through the ages.

With an army of six young girls and one war mistress set in a series of life-sized video portraits as they perform this stirring original score, We Will Slam You With Our Wings is a show of intergenerational solidarity, strength and power that speaks to the past, the present, and the future.

We have been shown that a new order is paramount. These girls may just help take us there.

Also appearing as part of City Lights.

Image: Dudley/Meyburgh
Artist: Ruth Alice McIlleron, Tabatha Howard, Mpho Takane

Presenting Partner

Presented by Arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

We Will Slam You With Our Wings would like to give thanks to

Brenda R. Potter

and to our supporting Angels
The William Kentridge Studio, Johannesburg
The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg
The Whitechapel Gallery, London

The title, WE WILL SLAM YOU WITH OUR WINGS is based on Henry Darger’s painting
We Will Slam Them With Our Wings
© 2020 Kiyoko Lerner / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York

"Joanna Dudley’s wonderful seven channel video piece, shows again her immaculate, precise, yet raucous anarchy. "
— William Kentridge

Creation and Sound Composition Joanna Dudley
Collaborator & Projection Design Catherine Meyburgh

Set and Installation Design Rufus Didwiszus
Costume Design Janosch Mallwitz

Sound Design & Final Mix Adam Howard
Digital Colourist C.A. Van Aswegen

Co-Creators and Performers

Beatrix Juno Dudley
Tabatha Howard
Kittu Hoyne
Esmé Olive Mcgrath
Ruth Alice McIlleron
Mpho Takane
with Joanna Dudley


Fri 15 July - Sun 31 July


The State Library of South Australia

Mortlock Wing

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Wheelchair Access
Visual Content -75%

Access to the Mortlock Wing of The State Library of South Australia is by lift via the library's main glass foyer entrance. 



During daylight hours, access to the Mortlock Wing of The State Library of South Australia is via the main glass foyer entrance.

After 7pm Mon–Tues and 5pm Wed-Sun, entry to the Mortlock Wing will change. Please avoid the main foyer and enter via the Eastern side door. Those with access requirements may still use the main foyer entrance during this time.


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We Will Slam You With Our Wings is also appearing as a part of City Lights

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