Coming Through: a one woman show at The Butterfly Club


Coming Throughis a journey, a journey through loss and grief – and of coming through – into the light –

A one woman poetry and dance fusion show written and choreographed by Irina Kuzminsky (aka Irinushka) to her own original musical settings of her poetry, this is a piece of classical performance art, integrating dance movement and sung and spoken word.

Coming Through builds on her first one woman show, Dancing with Dark Goddesses, itself triggered by the publication of Irina’s first poetry collection by Awen in the UK, and seen in the UK, NY, Germany and here in Melbourne.

Drawing on all her skills and training Irina is continuing in a very real way the work begun in her doctoral thesis at Oxford on the ‘language of women’, as she embodies the space that poetic language open up and allows the words to dance. The ‘language of women’ has increasingly become her life’s work – from rediscovering the women of the past and giving them a new voice, to writing and creating her own art as a woman seeking her voice.

Much of her artistic expression has also become fully entangled with a developing sense of women’s spirituality and of the sacred feminine. Her current work, bringing words, voice, music and dance together, is part of that, creating a sense of feminine ritual and sacred space through a woman’s telling of her experience of life and of the sacred.

Irinushka is Irina Kuzminsky, a multi-talented artist who combines classical music and dance training with an academic background with degrees from Melbourne and a scholarship to Oxford. Her performances in Australia and overseas run the gamut from recitals and multidisciplinary work to dance and dance theatre. She has had several poetry collections published (most recently Artists and Lovers by Coventry Press 2018), and had her work included in two international anthologies, alongside articles, reviews and poems in publications such as the Esoteric Quarterly, Dance Australia, Acumen and others. She has written recently on Kali the Dark Goddess and on Mary Magdalene, both subjects she is passionate about.

Irinushka’s work with performing her poetry has led to the release of three albums of her poems set to music, with Roads Travelled attracting favourable reviews and reaching #46 on the Zone Music Reporter charts for New Age music.

Irina is excited and grateful to be able to present this next step in the development of her work in a world premiere of Coming Through at The Butterfly Club. The journey of the work has become her own journey. Her hope is to weave darkness and light together, as she weaves words, song, dance and music into one to lead both performer and audience through, and into the light.

Coming Through opens on October 21 and runs for 5 performances.

Bookings are recommended.

“Irina is absolutely a voice for our time, a voice in which the feminine is exquisitely and burningly present in rage, depth, eroticism and tenderness.”– Jay Ramsay, poet, editor, founder of Angels of Fire Collective in London

“A performance of complete commitment, passion and technical brilliance”– Bard on a Bike

“Irina Kuzminsky brought drama and lyricism together … proving yet again how much her gift has to offer.”– Zweibrücker Rundschau

“vibrant, mesmerizing and emotive”

Show Details: Coming Through

Dates: October 21, 23, 24, 25 and 26

Time: 7pm

Cost: $25-32

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne