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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 Gamilaroi woman Amelia Jean O’Leary 

Project Elder – Aunty Bonnie O’Leary (Gamilaroi)

Project Goal/s –  To research and develop a new work on country for film or live performance

This new contemporary dance work is an exploration of Amelia’s experiences in a suburban and modern context, with stories and memories from her family that enrich the complexity and truth of being and experiencing.

To fight, to rest, to make decisions, to be glorified, to be ignored or crucified. What to tell, what not to tell, I am sacred yet constantly demystified. Sculpted by the coloniser, wired by the ancestors, constantly being formed and deformed. Dipped in nutrients, soaked in essence, this is my body right, my life, my dance, our dance. 


‘Yinarr’ (Dancehouse, 2022), Amelia O’Leary. Photo by Alliah Nival.

STAUNCH ASF is supported by Blakdance and Dancehouse.

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