Larissa McGowan


Presented by Vitalstatistix in association with Adelaide Festival Centre for Adelaide Cabaret Festival


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

Contemporary dance takes on camp and cabaret in this solo tour de force inspired by ultimate pop chameleon, Cher.

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

Cher is an inspired mash-up of gender, power and popular culture; a self-discovery of epic proportions; a headfirst dive into the artist’s path to immortality.

Created by an all-star team of South Australian artists, this Australian premiere is not to be missed.

Image: photo – Tom Roschi; illustration – Jonathon Oxlade

Company/Presenter Profile

Larissa McGowan began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), where she won the Queensland Ballet Scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), as well as the prize for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’. In her graduating year at VCA, Larissa won the award for ‘Most Outstanding Talent’. She joined ADT in 2000 and has since toured extensively worldwide performing in Be Yourself, G, Devolution, HELD, Vocabulary, Nothing, The Age of Unbeauty, Birdbrain and Attention Deficit Therapy. In 2008 Garry Stewart named Larissa, Associate Choreographer and continues her work teaching company members and the Youth Ensemble. Larissa was also Co-choreographer of Habitus for 2016 Adelaide Festival Larissa has won multiple awards, including 2003 Green Room Award for Best Female Dancer, Best Female Dancer in a Ballet or Dance Work at the Helpmann Awards and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer. She was a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance.


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Performance Dates

Two nights only: 19-20 June
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre


Tickets are available at Prices are $50.85 – $60.85, which includes an $8.95 Bass ticketing fee.

Creative Team

Creator, choreography and performer: Larissa McGowan
Co-creator and sound design: Steve Mayhew
Co-creator and dramaturgy: Sam Haren
Set and costume design: Jonathon Oxlade and Renate Henschke
Lighting design: Chris Petridis
Rehearsal director: Kialea-Nadine Williams
Movement consultant/outside eye: Roz Hervey

Cher was commissioned by Performance & Art Development Agency and Vitalstatistix with support from Arts South Australia.