Dance & Physical Theatre

I Am (Not) This Body

A memoir and exploration of being under four foot in a six foot world.

  • Dates In person: 11 Oct - 15 Oct, Digital: 16 Oct - 22 Oct
  • Time In Person - 7:30pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, Digital - Available On Demand (50 minutes)
  • Venues Digital Fringe, Arts House
$10.00 - $35.00
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A black and white photo of a woman of short stature with light coloured hair in a bob. She wears a long black tank top and lifts her left leg away from the camera with her right hand raised above her head, balletically. She is dancing in front of a white wall, in the corner of a room with wooden floors.

Image Credit: Amanda Fordyce

  • Created and Performed by: Leisa Prowd

  • Presented by: Arts House, Melbourne Fringe and Leisa Prowd. Commissioned by Arts House through The Warehouse Residency.

  • Produced by: Loom Arts and Management

The disabled body has historically been defined by the gaze of others. From the medical gaze to the stranger’s stare, perceptions of bodies with disabilities raise issues of autonomy and consent.

Leisa Prowd’s 'I Am (Not) This Body' is a cross-disciplinary exploration of her relationship with her own body in a world not made for it, and an invitation to experience life as she does.

Through film, spoken word, dance, projection and sculptures, Leisa finds alternative ways to reclaim body autonomy and represent difference.

Culminating in a solo performance, 'I Am (Not) This Body' is a rich and engaging exploration into compelling territory.

Mon 16 – Sun 22 October 
A digital recording with audio description and closed captioning will be available for on demand viewing from Mon 16 October. All spoken words will be Auslan interpreted.

Thu 12 October for all Arts House ticket holders.

All shows contain open captioning of spoken words, live audio description and an optional pre-show tactile tour 1 hour prior to start time. More detailed access information will be available prior to the event.

Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Composer/Sound Designer: Dan West
Sculpture Artist: Pimpisa Tinpalit
Dramaturg: Brigid Gallacher
Creative Producer: Zoe Boesen Loom Arts and Management.

This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund as part of Radical Access.

About Leisa Prowd

Leisa Prowd is a dancer, performance artist and choreographer. Her main interests lie in pedestrian movement, Butoh, contact improvisation, and exploring the uniqueness of her own body in relation to space and other bodies. Leisa was a member of Weave Movement Theatre and Rawcus Theatre Company for a number of years and has performed in numerous short films, festivals and theatre productions both locally and internationally. For the past 18 months, she has been touring intermittently with contemporary dance companies Hodworks (Hungary) and Unusual Symptoms (Germany) as part of the ensemble of Harmonia - a contemporary dance piece produced by Theater Bremen (Germany). Leisa is honoured to have been given the opportunity to develop this solo work as part of Arts House’s inaugural Warehouse Residency program.

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