Presented by Midsumma Festival's AND/OR program, ACMI and Back to Back Theatre.

Elephant is an experiment in liveness and embodiment, playing with projection, reflection, multiplicity and disappearance. Sarah Mainwaring, with her co collaborators Ingrid Voorendt and Alana Hoggart, is exploring the space between life and and death. This creative work in progress/showing of a work in progress will give the artist valuable feedback to test and continue her journey exploring these ideas.

Part installation, part dance and part film experiment, Elephant fuses and confuses live and screen presences - shrinking and expanding, emerging and dissolving, fragmenting and disappearing.

Devised and performed by Sarah Mainwaring, created in collaboration with Ingrid Voorendt and Alana Hoggart. ELEPHANT is driven by Sarah Mainwaring’s interest in consciousness and her skill and receptivity as an improviser. 

Sarah joined the Back to Back Theatre ensemble in 2007, played the lead role of Lesley in Back to Back Theatre’s FOOD COURT (2008) and has toured both nationally and internationally with the DEMOCRATIC SET RESIDENCY and LADY EATS APPLE (2016). Sarah has played a collaborative role in the creative development of GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH (2011), SUPER DISCOUNT (2013) and as creator and performer in the company’s most recent major work, THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES (2019) and its film adaptation SHADOW (2020). 

Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) from Victoria University, and has a particular interest in avant- garde and physical theatre.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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WHEN Sun 6 Feb 1pm | Sun 3pm


FREE No ticket required



Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne

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Flinders Street


Any Swanston St tram to stop 13 | 35, 70, 75 to stop 6

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Gandel Digital Future Lab 1

Located at the Federation Square level.

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