That Which Was Once Familiar

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by Zoë Bastin

That Which Was Once Familiar (TWOFF) investigates how culture inscribes gender and sexuality onto the flesh sacks we walk around in... our bodies. Zoë Bastin combines movement with sculpture as dancers explore the abstract, object-like parts of themselves such as the form, weight, scale and shape of how they move. Deviating from the ways they are expected to perform, they find new ways to become bodies that are less familiar.

That Which Was Once Familiar engages choreography and sculpture to ascribe agency to performing bodies by rebelling against the way society often objectifies women. By focussing on what a body is capable of no matter what orientation, gender, age or ability, the use of scored movement, live and recorded music and improvisation are employed in the pursuit for freedom and autonomy beyond outdated societal constraints.

Choreographer & Dancer: Zoë Bastin
Dancers: Hayley Does, Tizana Saunders, Julia Luby, Al Jefimenko and Sue Hockey
Sound Designer & Composer: Grace Ferguson
Guitar Musician: Byron Meyer
Set & Sculpture Designer: Zoë Bastin
Costume Designer: Kitty Garry
Makeup: Meg McConville
Producer: Natasha Phillips
Associate Producer & Stage Manager: Josephine Mead
Artist Assistant: Molly Stephenson
Image credit: Bri Hammond

This 2pm session is a Relaxed Performance. A relaxed performance makes attending the theatre less stressful and more enjoyable for many people. This includes people who identify as neuro-diverse, who are on the Autism spectrum, who have a learning disability. This performance may also be suitable for some people with post-traumatic stress who prefer an open audience environment.

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This project is supported by Dancehouse, Bus Projects, Midsumma Festival and Yarra City Arts


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Relaxed Performance
Wheelchair Access

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WHEN 28 Apr-1 May | Wed, Thu, Fri 7pm | Sat 2pm & 7pm
RELAXED 1 May 2pm


FULL $30.00
CONC $25.00


Dancehouse - Sylvia Staehli Theatre

150 Princes St, Carlton North

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1, 6 to stop 114 | tram 96 to stop 15

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