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A major project by Midsumma Festival amplifying the voices of trans, gender diverse and intersex peoples

Trans, gender diverse and intersex representation through BODY, an unprecedented leadership project commissioning and profiling works by 27 trans and gender diverse artists and 3 intersex artists, locally and internationally. Taking place in partnership with Arts House, Arts Centre Melbourne and Incinerator Gallery, BODY highlights included the first all gender diverse professional cast on a main stage in Australia (Gender Euphoria) and first professional international intersex production (MDLSX) toured to Victoria. 

BODY is followed by a dedicated artist lab in June 2019 - created in partnership with Arts House this lab will support the continued development of trans and gender diverse artists.

BODY was made possible with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.

 

BODY: MDLSX by MotusMDLSX by Motus

Arts House
31 Jan - 2 Feb

International artist Silvia Calderoni offers a revolutionary performance exploring gender and androgyny, telling a story of violence, pain, confusion and acceptance through an acclaimed theatrical performance set to The Smiths, Vampire Weekend, R.E.M. and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
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BODY: Third Nature by Raina Peterson & Govind PillaiThird Nature by Raina Peterson & Govind Pillai

Arts House
31 Jan - 2 Feb

An opulent dance work exploring the wildness of gender and the weirdness of human sexuality, set in a world where South Asia was never colonised with no colonial sanctions on gender and sexuality.
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BODY: Beast by Krishna IsthaBeast by Krishna Istha

Arts House
31 Jan - 2 Feb

Follow Krishna Istha on a comedic exploration into the life of a trans person in 2019 in this self-help stand-up for the oppressed.
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BODY: Gender EuphoriaGender Euphoria

Arts Centre Melbourne
24 Jan

Mama Alto and Maude Davey together with a cavalcade of transgender legends and cabaret icons in a new variety adventure. Goodbye gender dysphoria — hello Gender Euphoria.
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BODY: Personal TouchPersonal Touch

Incinerator Gallery
22 Jan – 17 Feb

An exhibition of visual artworks addressing the evolving nature of self-hood, at a time when the political status quo fails to do so.
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BODY: HR by Bonnie HartHR by Bonnie Hart

Arts House
2 Feb

An industrial manifesto on beauty, labour and embodiment by performance artist Bonnie Hart.
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BODY: POISE by Kelly O'SheaPOISE by Kelly O'Shea

Arts House
31 Jan – 2 Feb

Reimagine the body as a physical space in NZ artist Kelly O'Shea's new visual art installation.
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BODY: De/Afficiency by Debris FacilityDe/Afficiency by Debris Facility

Arts House
31 Jan – 2 Feb

A new responsive visual art installation by leading local artist Debris Facility.
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BODY: BodMod SalonBodMod Salon

Arts House
2 Feb

Creatively explore expressions of identity in body casting workshops with artist Lou Fourie.
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BODY: Panopticon by Simona CastricumPanopticon by Simona Castricum

Arts House
31 Jan

One-off performance by Melbourne vocalist and electronic percussionist, Simona Castricum.
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BODY: HABITS and friendsHABITS and friends

Arts House
2 Feb

Late-night music party featuring HABITS, Silvia Calderoni and more.
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BODY: Body and CountryBody and Country

Arts House
2 Feb

Talks event featuring Lay the Mystic and Martinus Kraan on First Nations peoples' experiences of gender diversity.
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BODY: Celebrating Intersex BodiesCelebrating Intersex Bodies

Arts House
1 Feb

Join artists Bonnie Hart and Kelly O'Shea in this talks event as they flip the intersex rhetoric from medicalisation to celebration.
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2019 Events

19 Jan — 10 Feb 2019
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  • NAB
  • City of Melbourne
  • Jetstar
  • AGL
  • Dan Murphy's
  • PwC
  • Corrs