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Third Nature

Raina Peterson & Govind Pillai

Presented in Season 1 2019

Presented by Arts House and Midsumma Festival

Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 Feb

50 mins
$25 / $20

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

Nudity and sexual references


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Wheelchair Accessible
Audio described –  Sat 2 Feb, 8.30pm

Third Nature takes the look, feel and smell of jasmine traditionally used in South Asian cultures to decorate women’s hair and marriage beds as inspiration for a dynamic contemporary work exploring the wildness of gender and the weirdness of human sexuality.

The abundance of jasmine in this work reflects the liberty and wealth of pre-colonial South Asia, invoking an imagined future where this liberty and wealth is intact. In this world, classical Indian dancers Raina Peterson and Govind Pillai imagine what it might be like to inhabit bodies which have never been subjected to colonialism, binaries or shame.

Peterson and Pillai (In Plain Sanskrit, Bent Bollywood) make a heartfelt call for freedom and connection in this sensuous, riotous and celebratory work of lavish beauty and playful disarray. Get lost in a fantastical world where there are no binaries and no shame.

‘A fantastic celebration of bodies, histories, human emotions, and its delirious messiness made it a must-see.’ Peril (for Bent Bollywood)

‘Raunchy, graceful, relevant and courageous… a brilliant production that has dared to break rules and cross boundaries.’ The Indian Sun (for Bent Bollywood)

Dancers, Choreographers, Directors and Set Designers:
Raina Peterson and Govind Pillai

This event is part of BODY, a new major project from Arts House in partnership with Midsumma Festival amplifying the voices of trans, gender diverse and intersex peoples.

Supported by – the City of Melbourne through Arts House and was developed through CultureLAB. BODY is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Besen Family Foundation.
Image by – Hayden Golder