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  • Created and Performed by: Amelia Jean O'Leary

  • Lighting design: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez

  • Set Design: Savanna Wegmen

This new contemporary dance work immerses itself in Amelia Jean O’Leary’s experience of growing up as a Gamilaroi Yinarr in the suburbs and constantly having to reclaim her Blakness. O’Leary reclaims her autonomy, agency and ancientness through healing and expression.

What happens when you own all of you and nothing of you belongs to someone else? When your body is your body, your time is your time and your space is your space.

"To fight, to rest, to make decisions, to be ignored or crucified. I am sacred yet constantly demystified. Sculpted by the coloniser, wired by the ancestors. Dipped in nutrients, soaked in essence, this is my body right, my life, my dance, our dance." - Amelia O'Leary

STAUNCH ASF was developed with the support of Dancehouse and the Sidney Myer Fund. This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund, as part of Deadly Fringe.

About Amelia O'Leary

Amelia O’Leary is a First Nations Gamilaroi Yinarr from Northern New South Wales and has lived in Naarm (Melbourne) for the past eleven years. O’Leary’s dance practice is grounded in the duality of power and softness. It breathes freedom and honesty of exploration and human experience, becoming a product of both the digital and physical realms. As an independent artist, O’Leary is interested in creating her own soundscapes and projections as part of an integrated practice. O’Leary has created multiple dance works and films including 'Yinarr' the film that was presented at Yirramboi festival 2020 and Dance (Lens) Festival 2021. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2021, O’Leary performed her first full-length work ‘Yinarr’ in Adelaide Fringe and Dancehouse in 2022. She was also a part of ‘Collision’ by Jo Lloyd presented at Junction Arts Festival and ‘Garabari’ by Joel Bray at Arts House in 2022. In 2023 O’Leary shared her second full-length work ‘A Certain Mumble’ in Frame Festival at the Northcote Town Hall.

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