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By Amelia Jean O'Leary 

Presented by Darebin Arts Speakeasy in FRAME 2023 

Image by Sarah Walker

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by Amelia Jean O’Leary 

Meat Market - Cobblestone Pavilion 

12-15 Oct 

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

Creatives: Choreographer/dancer & sound designer: Amelia O’Leary

Set design & costume: Savanna Wegman

Lighting design: Giovanna Yate Gonzalez

Production & stage manager: Georgie Bright 

Cultural advisers & 

mentors: Aunt Shell O’Leary and Uncle Ted

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.

Image: Alliah Nival

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