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Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired, and terrified audiences globally with unique creations and sell-out seasons from New York's Lincoln Center and Berlin's Bar Jeder Vernunft to London's West End and the Sydney Opera House.
Named one of 2010's ‘Top Performers of the Year' by The New Yorker, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called "sensational" (The Times, UK), a "diva of the highest order" (New York Post), "The Queen of Chanson" (Berliner Zeitung), and "a phenomenon" by The Australian. Her award-winning solo works have been curated by David Bowie, Pina Bausch, Mikhail Baryshnikov and numerous international arts festivals.
As well as being a prolific original music, theatre and dance-theatre creator, Meow Meow specializes in Weimar repertoire and French chanson. She has played Jenny in Weill's The Threepenny Opera in Paris and London with the London Philharmonic and Anna I and II in Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins with Orchestra Victoria, as well as numerous Weimar works with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and upcoming with the Bergen Philharmonic. Meow Meow has performed Schoenberg Ensemble founder Reinbert de Leeuw's homage to Schubert and Schumann Wunderschön throughout Australia and in the UK with the Hebrides Ensemble. She has performed Brecht/Weill for Pina Bausch Company. She had an opera written for her by Richard Mills and Victorian Opera, and has appeared in the West End in her own concerts and in Kneehigh and Michel Legrand's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Meow Meow played Titania in Emma Rice's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe; Pegleg in Tom Waits's opera The Black Rider with Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre, directed by Matt Lutton; and Piaf in Cocteau's Le bel Indifférent directed by Ted Huffman for the US Greenwich Music Festival. Her most recent London appearances were her Pandemonium and More Pandemonium concerts at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic and a sell-out season of her Christmas creation Apocalypse Meow at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in 2017. She also recently performed Pandemonium with the Sydney Symphony in the concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House in January 2018. This summer she will perform an extended run at the Barbican with Barry Humphries and the Aurora Orchestra. The program is a highly acclaimed return season of lost and banned works from the Weimar period. Meow Meow and Barry Humphries premiered this program in the major concert halls of Australia including Sydney Opera House and then toured it to the Tanglewood Music Festival, Cadogan Hall UK, and the Edinburgh International Festival.
In the US, Meow Meow was commissioned for David Bowie's Highline Festival by director John Cameron Mitchell. Her piece An Audience with Meow Meowpremiered at Berkeley Rep with direction by Emma Rice and was recreated for Boston Arts Emerson, directed by Leigh Silverman and designed by Andrea Lauer. She is a regular at Joe's Pub in New York City and also guests with Pink Martini, the New York Pops, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Oregon Symphony. Her own concerts have been presented by the San Francisco Symphony, UCLA at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. Meow Meow has performed with Pink Martini at the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall, Opera Garnier Monte Carlo, and in Spain, Canada and the US. She appears frequently in the Bard College Spiegeltent Summer series, in concert with Alan Cumming at The Met Museum, and in Taylor Mac's 24 decade history of popular music series. Meow Meow performed in the PIAF! Centenary Celebration Concert at Town Hall with the American Pops Orchestra and toured the US with punk cabaret outfit Amanda Palmer and the Dresden Dolls. Meow Meow has guested with the La Clique, Club Swizzle, and La Soiree companies globally including at Sydney Opera House, London's Roundhouse, and in New York City. This fall she will perform Meow in Concert at the Kennedy Center.
Meow Meow's original works include Vamp, Beyond Glamour, Feline Intimate, Meow Meow's Little Matchgirl, Meow Meow's Little Mermaid, His Master's Choice, Apocalypse Meow, and An Audience with Meow Meow. These shows have played from Edinburgh International Festival to Berkeley Rep, from the Southbank Centre to the Sydney Festival and Shakespeare's Globe, and from Shanghai to Slovenia, garnering numerous awards including the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Award, Green Room, and Australian Helpmann Awards.
Meow Meow created Souvenir, an ongoing fantastical song cycle on the history of the Theatre Royal, written with composers Jherek Bischoff and August Von Trapp, for the Brighton Festival, the Theatre Royal Tasmania and Her Majesty's Theatre South Australia. In 2017 she also conjured a bespoke creation for Liverpool Culture's Sgt Pepper at Fifty celebrations involving the city's brass bands, a three day riot and a requiem in a graveyard. The Graveyard Tour continues with her Sleepless Beauties collaborators-designers and composers Andrea Lauer, Jherek Bischoff, and Jethro Woodward.
Meow Meow's albums with frequent collaborator, composer Iain Grandage and the Wild Dog Orchestra include Vamp, Songs from a Little Matchgirl, and Mermaid (with the Siren Effect Orchestra). Her upcoming album with Thomas M. Lauderdale of Pink Martini features duets with Rufus Wainwright and The Von Trapps as well as original songs written by Lauderdale and Meow Meow, performed by Meow Meow with members of Pink Martini and the Oregon Symphony.