New cabaret celebrates bohemian icon Vali Myers

And Then You Go – The Vali Myers Project is premiering at the 2022 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
A red-haired woman, her eyes dark with kohl, holds a fox and stares into the camera.

Flame-haired, kohl-eyed and fearlessly independent in both art and life, the Australian artist Vali Myers cut a swathe through global counter-culture like few others.

Having moved out of her parent’s home in suburban Box Hill in 1944, aged 14, Myers relocated to St Kilda, where she supported herself by working in factories and as an artist’s model. By 17 she was the leading dancer of the Melbourne Modern Ballet Company – though conservative 1940’s Melbourne quickly proved too small and far too restrictive for her.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts