Larissa McGowan


Presented by Vitalstatistix in association with Adelaide Festival Centre

After a nuclear holocaust, all that will be left are cockroaches and Cher.” Jimmy James

Contemporary dance takes on the ultimate pop chameleon, CherSounds weird? It is, in the best possible way.

Choreographer, dancer and fan, Larissa McGowan uses Cher’s iconic figure as a totem for exploring the rage and reinvention of the universal ageing female artist.

Cher is an inspired mash-up of genres, gender, power and popular culture; a headfirst dive into self-discovery, pride and immortality.

Created with an all-star team of South Australian artists, this solo tour de force is back for five shows only, in an especially created experience on the Festival Theatre stage, after premiering at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2019.

“A sparkling reminder of the old maxim that one of the purposes of art is to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar.” Ben Brooker, Witness Performance

Image: Tim Standing/Daylight Breaks from Cher, Larissa McGowan, 2019


Cher was supported by the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Arts South Australia, and originally commissioned by Performance & Art Development Agency and Vitalstatistix. This remount is supported by the Australia Council’s Resilience Fund and Arts South Australia.

Performance Dates

October 21-25 at 7:30pm
Adelaide Festival Centre
Stage on Stage (Festival Theatre)
Tickets at

Creative Team

Creative team:
Larissa McGowan: Creator, choreographer and performer
Steve Mayhew: Sound designer and co-creator
Sam Haren: Dramaturg and co-creator
Jonathon Oxlade and Renate Henschke: Set and costume designers
Chris Petridis: Lighting designer
Lina Limosani: Rehearsal director
Carol Wellman Kelly: Original rehearsal director

Adelaide Festival Centre team
Douglas Gautier: Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director
Liz Hawkins: Director of Programming, Development and Venue Sales
Terri Dichiera: Programming Executive – Creative Programs
Laura Smans: Production Coordinator, Production
Meral Nieman: Marketing Executive – Marketing, Sales and Audience Engagement