2007, Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney
In Lapdog, Lull Studio's third poetry cabaret, Elena Knox is Australian Barbie, navigating an absurd and abundantly accessorised terrain notable for its sexualisation of the service industries.
Lapdog pioneers an edgy and uncompromising style of original spoken word — an integration of classic monologue, poetry, comedy and cabaret. The lyrical text is rhythmic, poetic and minutely constructed, its performance high energy and intense. It's a risky tour-de-force, often rapid fire in delivery, a kamikaze mission of memorisation performed by a punked-up doll, in and around a life-sized pink doll box that has a mind and plans of its own.
Lapdog is created, performed and composed by Elena Knox with design and packaging by Tom Rivard and lighting and electronics by Phil Downing.
"flips from punk goddess to Barbie doll in a few simple stanzas ...
"Knox uses performance art, and the mode of cabaret, combined with physical theatre, to create… a genre of cabaret without [standard] ties of obligation."