Presented with Arts House


By Justin Talplacido Shoulder

  • Dance
  • Performance
  • Sitting
  • Arts House

  • Approximately 60 minutes

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The image is tactile-feeling creation that features intertwined human figures at its center


A queered Filipino ghost story.

Ancient Filipino ritual funerary gold objects were melted down by the Spanish colonisers and moulded into their crucifixes. ANITO speculates a Future Folklore where this raw material is remoulded into new forms, both sacred and profane.

Miraculous ecologies emerge from a fertile and evolving landscape crafted by hands and activated by bodies.

Megafauna dance deep time. A spectre appears charting the trajectory of humanity and setting it in a reverse spiral. Roots from the ancestral underworld create cracks in colonial foundations. Seasons change, in a world of sheer terror and tremendous beauty.

Honouring their roots in Sydney’s underground queer and diasporic club scenes, the collective behind ANITO build on their shared histories of costume, puppetry, drag, dance, and experimental electronic music to re-imagine myths and stories for the now.

Shoulder revels in the carnivalesque: his forms are monstrous and creepy, mesmerising and seductive.
— The Review Board

Artistic Team

Directed, performed and co-conceived:

Justin Talplacido Shoulder

Production design:

Matthew Stegh and Justin Talplacido Shoulder

Sound design and live score:

Corin Ileto

Performer and co-generator:

Eugene Choi

Mentor and Collaborator:

Victoria Hunt

Lighting / Vision Design:

Fausto Brusamolino

Costume Design Technicians:

Brenda Lam, Anthony Aitch, Luna Aquatica

Produced by:

Insite Arts


ANITO has been supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative; Create NSW

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by Creative Australia, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by RISING, Sydney Festival and MONA FOMA.

Supported by Playking Foundation.

Supported by Arts House.

Image Credits

Liz Ham