Next Wave is more than just a festival. We facilitate learning programs and provide creative development opportunities for artists from around Australia; we regularly present interdisciplinary and contemporary performance work at our venue and in partnership with our peers; and we work hard to improve the conditions for experimental artists working in Australia today.


Next Wave and Asia TOPA present Praise!

Created and performed by Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi, Praise! is a work centered around Psalm 150, celebrating the intersections of the sacred and sensual, gothic and divine in Christian traditions of worship.

A choral performance offering a new language of veneration, Praise! leads you to a new altar at which to kneel. Psalm 150, known as ‘the musician’s psalm’ encourages congregations to honour with music and dancing. Collaborating with musicians to create a new hymn, Whale and Choi present a grand saturnine path to epic revelry and reverence, where twin souls balance on the precipice of new union.

Originally performed for Underbelly Arts Festival 2017, the work has evolved into a full-length celebration and premieres at Asia TOPA 2020.

Where: Brunswick Mechanics Institute, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
When: 8pm, Thu 20 Feb - Sun 23 Feb, 2020
How much: $28 / $22 for concession (seniors, pensioners, students, under 16). Free for companion cardholders.


Devised by Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi. Additional performers include Mossy 333, Arben Dzika and Mohini Hillyer Sharma.

  1. Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi. Photo: Daniel Boud, courtesy Underbelly Arts.