Welcome to Supersense: the three day festival of ecstatic performance and transformative ritual.

"the only music festival that matters"

Sydney Morning Herald



Supersense is a three day festival of ecstatic performance. Exploring modern, traditional, evolving and emerging forms of ecstatic ritual and transformational expression, the festival features pioneers who have redefined entire art forms alongside new generations of artists redefining the thresholds and possibilities of their disciplines.

Created by performer and curator Sophia Brous with Arts Centre Melbourne, since 2015 the festival has presented a series of rich, mind-expanding programs that have brought some of the world’s most significant artists together in Melbourne, across traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre and performance from across the globe.

For its 2019 return, Brous has assembled a program of stunning performances exclusive to Supersense in Australia; featuring work hailing from five continents, the festival features three days of world-first collaborations, Australian premieres and unrepeatable performance environments, set within the labyrinth of Arts Centre Melbourne’s buildings, underground venues and hidden walkways.

Come witness the extreme and sublime worlds of Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic, August 23-25 2019.

"Wondrous, hilarious and magnificent"

The Age


"A life-changing experience"

The AU Review


Welcome to the next instalment of Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic.

It is my great pleasure to share this year's very special and precious program.

Supersense is our invitation to enter experiences of radical imagination – of ecstasy, transformation, expression and experimentation across music, theatre, dance and performance.

The festival explores our human pursuit of revelation and release – it is the conversation between the old and new, iconic and emerging rituals that have defined our quest for ecstatic experience through art, song, performance and communion.

For the Supersense weekend, let the visions, sounds, experiences and perhaps even exhaustion conspire to create something new, impermanent, volatile and beautiful. We hope you will join us there.


Frequently Asked Questions

Supersense returns to Arts Centre Melbourne from 23-25 August 2019

Artist playing times and a full program grid will be available online and as a pdf download from Monday, 22 July.

Supersense will take place throughout the Arts Centre Melbourne buildings, including the theatre stages, back of house and some foyers.

You’ll need a ticket to each individual show unless stated otherwise. You can buy them online, over the phone or at the Arts Centre Melbourne box office.

Single ticket holders will only have access to the event that they have purchased a ticket to. Supersense Maximal and Minimal ticket holders will need to present to the box office to collect a wrist band that will provide them entry in to the Maximal and Minimal spaces. These will not be posted out.

Tickets will be distributed within 7-10 working days of purchase.

Tickets/wristbands will be available for collection from the box office on level 5 of Arts Centre Melbourne from Monday 19 August. A Supersense specific box office will be allocated on Level 6, St Kilda Road from 1pm on Friday 23 August until the end of the festival for ticket collection.

All theatre based events will have allocated seating. These events include I hunger for you, Lecture on Nothing, Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Medium and Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Supersense Maximal and Minimal are flexible events, allowing ticket holders to enter and exit performances at anytime during the advertised start and end times. Individually ticketed shows may have lockouts. This means you’ll be permitted entry at a suitable break in performances if applicable.

Communal areas for eating and drinking will be on Level 5 of Arts Centre Melbourne with Supersense themed food and drinks available for purchase. Art Centre Melbourne’s bars, cafes and restaurants will be operating throughout the festival, drinks may be taken in to performance venues in plastic containers. A Supersense Bar will be located on the State Theatre Stage for Maximal and Minimal programs. The purchase and consumption of alcohol in these spaces is strictly 18+ so bring ID!

Yes, all Arts Centre Melbourne venues are accessible. If you have specific requirements or need further information, please contact 1300 182 183.

Cloaking is available for all shows on Level 5 of Arts Centre Melbourne. The cloak room is to the right of the box office.

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