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I Am (Not) This Body

Leisa Prowd

Presented in Season 2 2023

World Premiere
Commissioned by Arts House through The Warehouse Residency 

Co-Presented by Arts House, Melbourne Fringe and Leisa Prowd  

Watch at Home 
Monday 16 – Sunday 22 October 
A digital recording with audio description and closed captioning will be available for on demand viewing from Monday 16 October. All spoken words will be Auslan interpreted.  Purchase a digital ticket via Digital Fringe.

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I Am (Not) This Body contains use of religious imagery, partial nudity, adult and violent themes including verbal and implied self-harm, triggering content including ableism, eugenics, mental health. Occasional high-pitched frequencies, loud music, abrupt lighting changes, low light, lights occasionally black out and change in colour and intensity.  

Relaxed space 
These are not relaxed performances in the usual sense, but audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, be themselves, make noise, stim and respond to the work for the duration. 

Detailed access information is available to download below
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Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Assistance Animal
Assistive Listening
Audio description
Auslan Interpreting
Companion Card
Quiet Space Available
Tactile Tours
Visual Rating 50%
Wheelchair Accessible

A memoir and exploration of being under four foot in a six foot world shared through movement, film and installation. 

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.   

I Am (Not) This Body is a rich and engaging exploration into compelling territory. 

Learn more about the development of Leisa’s work during her Warehouse Residency on the ABC: 

How Leisa Prowd is putting dwarfism and disability in the spotlight through her art 

VIDEO: Melbourne’s disability-led residency supports new artists 


Artist Statement

I Am (Not) This Body is a memoir and exploration of the relationship I have with my body as someone who is not even 4ft in a 6ft world. I will be exploring themes of perception, voyeurism and consent through different mediums including film, spoken word, dance, projection and sculpture, culminating in a live performance and sensory/tactile installation. The Warehouse Residency will allow me the time, space, collaborations and consultations needed to develop the different elements and showcase the project as a whole. I am also wanting to make this project fully immersive, inclusive and accessible.

Leisa Prowd

About the Artists

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.

Pimpisa Tinpalit is a Thai-born Australian artist working within mental and physical themes of captivity and freedom. Pimpisa challenges the notions of free will and determinism through her figurative artworks with a focus on sculpture and installation. She explores and answers questions relating to a person's free will, or at times challenges what it is to have free will through the use of antonyms to suggest otherwise. Originally from Thailand, Pimpisa has a Master's Degree in Fine Art from Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and lectured for four years in Fine Art. With over eighteen years as a professional artist, Pimpisa has exhibited worldwide including in Thailand, Japan, Singapore, USA, Korea, Hong Kong and Australia with her work held in public and private collections. Arriving in Melbourne in 2009, Pimpisa has embedded herself into the Australian art scene with successful and widely acclaimed shows. In 2016 she founded BlackCat Gallery, Collingwood, where she is the current Director and curator.

Richard Vabre is a freelance lighting designer who has lit productions for MTC, STC, Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir Street, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Back To Back Theatre, Victorian Opera, Circus Oz, Windmill Theatre, Arena Theatre Company, NICA, The Darwin Festival, Stuck Pig’s Squealing, Chambermade, Rawcus, Red Stitch, Polyglot, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Aphids and many many productions at La Mama. Richard has won 5 Green Room Awards including the Association’s John Truscott Prize for Excellence in Design (2004). He has also been nominated for 10 other Green Room Awards.

Dan West is a Melbourne-based instrumentalist, music producer and sound designer dedicated to the composition, performance and audio documentation of original music. Working both on stage and in his sound laboratory, Dan collaborates with a variety of musicians and other cross-disciplinary artists to create new work to humanise the digital divide, fusing sounds made by both people and machines. Whether creating soundtracks for video and performance artist Eugenia Lim, music and sound design for Yumi Umiumare or playing guitar with Cookin’ On 3 Burners, Dan likes to investigate ideas of social inclusion through art making. His practice utilises skills developed in the creation of tempo-ral reactive work with a range of artists that focuses on the promotion of creative social connectivity and the democratisation of culture.

Eloise Kent is a multidisciplinary designer/maker who designs sets for theatre, immersive performance, circus, live art installations, brand activations, exhibitions and events. She has a keen interest in creating spaces that respond to and interact with the site, the performer and the spectator. Eloise holds a Master of Performance Design from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has interned with the Schaubühne theatre in Berlin, took part in the Besen Family Artist Program at the Malthouse Theatre, and was a contracted artist for White Night Melbourne. She recently received the APDG award for Emerging Designer for a Live Performance with her collaborator Angelica Rush.


Creator and Performer: Leisa Prowd
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Composer/Sound Designer: Dan West
Production Designer: Eloise Kent
Sculpture Artist: Pimpisa Tinpalit
Dramaturgy: Brigid Gallacher & Zoe Boesen
Dramaturg: Brigid Gallacher
Creative Producer: Zoe Boesen / Loom Arts and Management
Production / Stage Manager: Stephanie Young
Videography: Brett Walker

Featuring screen performances by: Charley Baylor, Zoe Boesen, Peta Coy, Vivienne Halat, Tony MacDonald, Ebony Rattle, Roy Reekie, Sam Trolland, Brett Walker & Anna White.

Supported by
I Am (Not) This Body is supported by Loom Arts and Management and City of Melbourne through Arts House. This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund, as part of Radical Access.

Image Credit: Amanda Fordyce

Image Description: 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.