Sincerely Survivor seeks to amplify the voices and stories of people who have lived experience of the Victorian Mental Health System. We create art, to enable our empathy; advocating for mental health through the arts. In this work, dancers take on the role of pilgrims, exploring asylums of old. We acknowledge that the experience of mental illness is not representative of someone that is lesser but instead speaks to the strength of the human spirit against adversity.
These stories are sincere and they will go on surviving.
All stories told of people with lived experience of mental health are shared with full permission from their owners.
On 29 November, the screening will be followed by a live Q&A with the artists on Zoom.
Please click here for our Sincerely Survivor Performance Package with a number of mental health resources in support of our audiences, along with an opportunity for you to share some feedback and reflections on the show.
Warning: Contains potentially triggering content or themes, including Self Harm or Suicide,Emotional Abuse,Mental Health
"Sincerely Survivor presents a unique opportunity for the arts sector to foster and engage in conversation about mental health." - Paul Malek, Transit Dance
"Sincerely Survivor is an innovative and engaging project that is determined to give a voice to the voiceless, which is also the core work of advocacy." - Deborah Verdon, Grampians disAbility Advocacy
"Sincerely Survivor advocates for people with lived experience of mental health recovery and allows them to find an artistic expression for their recovery journey." - Phil Noack, Arts Access Victoria
“Sincerely survivor is a powerful and stunning expression of experiences too complex to be communicated through words alone. This use of art as a form of mental health exploration is both crucial and beautiful.” - Dr Caitlin Yolland, Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University