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Powerhouse Late: BERTHA

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Grab your champers and best shimmering frock for the celebration of BERTHA! A daughter of disco, BERTHA is the alter-ego of Harold Samu and will take us on a glittering journey across time using sound, image and 13 exquisitely dressed baby-BERTHA dolls by Yuki Kihara commissioned by the Powerhouse Museum and recently added to Yuki Kihara's Paradise Camp exhibition, curated by Natalie King.

BERTHA will reunite onstage with her lifelong collaborator Buckwheat, along with other performers from the queer community. This night also features a screening of the 90s cult TV cooking show Eaten Alive, a tour of Paradise Camp with Yuki Kihara and tunes all night long by DJ Alex Taylor.


5.45pm Acknowledgement of Country by Ebony Williams

5.50pm Pese (song): O le Sau o Te’e (pre-Christian pese from Savai’i, Samoa) performed by Samu aiga (family)
5.55pm Lotu (prayer): Lealaitagomoa Muliagatele Tuisina Ymania Brown – Co-Secretary General of ILGA World (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)
7pm Taualuga performance by BERTHA with pese (Faleula e & Falealili uma) by Samu aiga
8pm BERTHA and Buckwheat reunited

7.15pm Tuiloma Lina-Jodi Vaine Samu speaking about the Samu gafa (genealogy) plus elements of BERTHA’s Tuiga headdress and her finale B-B outfit
WARNING There will be photos of deceased ancestors shown in this presentation

6.15pm Tour of Paradise Camp including BERTHA dolls with Yuki Kihara and BERTHA

5–9pm Eaten Alive (episode 31) featuring BERTHA and Buckwheat, courtesy of TVNZ Digital Production Library and Tagata Pasifika

5–9pm We Are Family – BERTHA’s private photo collection from over the years
5–9pm Diva • Doll • Costume Design by BERTHA

5–9pm DJ Alex Taylor

5–9pm Bar by Grifter, cocktails curated by BERTHA


Powerhouse Ultimo
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW 2007

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24 August 2023 


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