“The only Festival that matters” Sydney Morning Herald

“Wondrous, hilarious and magnificent” – The Age

“A life-changing experience” – The AU Review

“Supersense’s success had less to do with the pleasures of individual performance than the festival’s overall curation and concept. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.” – Resident Advisor


Supersense is a contemporary music and performing arts festival exploring intersecting states of ecstatic experience. Founded by Sophia Brous with the Arts Centre Melbourne in 2015, the Festival brings together contemporary and traditional contexts of ecstatic ritual and experience, featuring distinguished performers and companies across music, dance, film, visual art and design in world premiere collaborations  in a rich program of major that explore the realms of the ecstatic, the extreme and the transformative.

Past artists

Robert Wilson / Lecture on Nothing (USA) | John Cale: Signal to Noise featuring Lisa Gerrard + Laurel Halo (UK) | Spiritualized (UK) | Aldous Harding (NZ) | Moor Mother (USA) | John Maus (USA) | Merce Cunningham Centennial Solos (USA) | The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (USA) | Pussy Riot Theatre (Russia) | Kuda Lumping: Ritual Trance from Indonesia | The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar (Morocco) | Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno featuring The Necks (UK) | Gurrumul: The Gospel Songs (AUS) |Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (IRAN) | Kimbra (NZ) | Nazoranai (Keiji Haino/Stephen O’Malley/Oren Ambarchi) (Japan/USA/AUS) | Ariel Pink (USA) | Lydia Lunch Retrovirus (USA) | The Legendary Ash Ra Tempel w Ariel Pink (USA) | Acid Mothers Temple Official & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (Japan) | Pavarthy Baul: Ecstatic Voice (INDIA) | The Master Yoiker of Norway: Ande Somby (Norway) | Zeena Parkins (USA) | The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (USA) | Oliver Coates (UK) | HTRK x Chunky Move Dance Company | Grouper + Paul Clipson Present Hypnosis Display (USA) | Tao Dance CHINA | Oren Ambarchi (AUS) | Senyawa (Indo) | JG Thirlwell: Cholera Nesbo (USA/AUS) | Marc Ribot (USA) | Makino Takashi: Phantom Nebula (JPN) | Cleek Schrey: Mountain Verses: Appalachian Hardanger d’amore (USA) | Lullaby Movement: a song cycle (AUS/UK) | Arrington de Dyoniso (USA) | Memory Field: Waangenga Blanco + Laurence Pike (AUS) | Chris Abrahams (The Necks) (AUS) | Matthias Schack-Arnott: Dyplopia (AUS)| Disappearing Musics: Golden Fur (AUS) | Shamanic Song: Noreum Machi (KOREA) + more
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January 1, 2016