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Take 3

Chelsea Byrne, Caro Ooi, Erin O’Rourke & Lekshmi Sarath

2—3 December 2022

Sylvia Staehli Theatre

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A triple bill of works from Chelsea Byrne, Caro Ooi, Erin O’Rourke, and Lekshmi Sarath.

Presented as part of the 2022 Take 22 program at Dancehouse.

Chelsea Byrne | My Navel is Bigger Than Yours

An absurd collage of a work in progress: Storytelling. Image. Streams of consciousness. Dance… all born from existential crisis.

My Navel is Bigger than Yours delves into states of self-loathing, self-obsession and detachment while craving a sense of identity, connection and purpose.

Why make art when you’ve got nothing worth saying?
What’s the fucking point?
Is it worth making art for the artists art’s sake?

Caro Ooi | Ups & Downs

Caro and Quan offer experimental performance duet using sound and pre-recorded audio to develop a simple choreographic score for waacking.

Erin O’Rourke | object-shun

object-shun surfaces as a dance performance/installation that explores the reality and nuance female-identifying bodies inescapably experience. Working with living bodies juxtaposed by discarded mannequin parts, themes of body dysmorphia, patriarchal projections, and objectification are exposed.

The space is contaminated by a collection of dismembered female mannequin parts. Teetering the cusp of reality and potentiality, impossibility and faux, object-shun looks to challenge the perception of a body on display, a body at work, traversing the nuance of body as object vs object as body.

Lekshmi Sarath | Lekshmi to Lakshmi

Fragile and unsure she may seem. A woman who still hasn’t really explored the world. In this quest to realise Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, she discovers her powers and emerges as a renewed self knowing the Lakshmi within.

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This program is funded by the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations. The pilot program was proudly supported by Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank and the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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