Dark Mofo show set for big crowd

Hermann Nitsch
Hermann Nitsch

After courting controversy for months, Hermann Nitsch’s 150.Action show will be performed as part of the Dark Mofo Festival, with the spectacle taking place on Saturday, June 17.

Organisers cancelled all presale tickets to the show last month amidst fears it would be disrupted by protesters.

Opposition to the ritualistic performance has done little to hinder ticket sales since, with 2650 registrations for 1000-capacity event.

The increased demand led organisers to set up a live stream in a venue close by, which will allow those on in the waiting areas to see and hear the performance as it happens.  

Some of the most vocal opposition to the show has come from the Animal Liberation Tasmania Group who, earlier this week, issued a final plea to organisers for the animal thought to be at the centre of the performance.

Not only did the group launch a petition to cancel the show, but they will be conducting a peaceful protest to coincide with the event. 

Animal Liberation Tasmania spokesperson, Kristy Alger, said the intentions of the protest were simple.

“We will be there to represent the bull,” she said.

“Hopefully, a section of the public bought tickets without the intention of showing up and they will not get as many people as they expect.”

Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said they will not be taking any chances.

“We expect large numbers and some queuing on entry, so we ask patrons to be patient as we will be running full security measures and checking ID,” he said.