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I Am Not This Body – No Consent

Leisa Prowd

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House and Leisa Prowd as part of The Warehouse Residency

Wednesday 12 – Sunday 23 October, 2022
Wed – Fri, 7.30pm
Sat, 1pm & 7.30pm
Sun, 5pm

No shows Sun 16 – Tue 18 Oct

All shows will be Auslan Interpreted and Audio Described.

This is a tactile roving experience with optional seating. Audiences are invited to get in touch with specific access needs.

Duration
45 mins

Tickets
Pay if you can $35
Standard $20
 
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order.

Warnings
Nudity, adult themes, triggering content (voyeurism and consent), low lighting and varying intensity. 

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

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

A memoir and exploration of being under 4 foot in a 6 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 – No Consent is a cross-disciplinary exploration of her relationship with her own body in a world not made for it. Not even 4 foot tall in a 6 foot world, Leisa invites audiences to experience life as she does. 

As one of the first artists in Arts House’s new Warehouse Residency program, Leisa has been experimenting across different media to realise this ambitious project. 

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

Culminating in a solo live performance accompanied by a sensory and tactile installation, this is a rich and engaging exploration into compelling territory. 

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Artist Statement

“I Am Not This Body - No Consent 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
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About the Artists

Leisa Prowd
Leisa Prowd is a dancer, performance artist and life model. 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 has been 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. Leisa is currently in Bremen, Germany performing with Unusual Symptoms at Theatre Bremen in "Harmonia" - a work created by Adrienn Hod from Hodworks. Earlier this year, Leisa secured an exhibition of the movement film, "I Am Not This Body" as part of Centre for Projection Arts and her film "Archiving the Body" is being screened as part of the Queer My Head exhibition for the Midsumma Festival.

Pimpisa Tinpalit
A Thai-born Australian artist, Pimpisa works 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
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
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.
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Credits

Writer/Director/Producer/Performer: Leisa Prowd
Set Design: Leisa Prowd and Pimpisa Tinpalit
Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre
Sound Designer: Dan West

I Am Not My Body – No Consent is supported by Loom Arts and Management, and City of Melbourne through Arts House.

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.

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