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International Day of People with a Disability

Dec 2, 2021

Join the National Museum of Australia for a Momentous International Day of People with a Disability.

Hosted by writer, educator, performer and and activist Georgia Cranko, this exciting event will feature performances by mezzo-soprano and creative Tash Atkins , dancer and performance artist Leisa Prowd, and experimental performance artist Joshua Pether.

When & Where:

Online Friday 3 December 2021, 5:30pm AEST

Meet the artists:

Georgia Cranko:

Georgia is an innate social agitator, a wannabe poet and an incidental artist with a sharp wit and passion for challenging the normative social consciousness. With a unique voice, a quirky body and an equally quirky mind, she feels compelled to share her lived experiences just in case they help to positively change the world ever so slightly.

Tash Atkins:

Tash Atkins (she/they) is an Melbourne based Mezzo-Soprano and creative who is passionate about accessible classical music. They wish to create original and exciting live performances that unite a larger audience and confront the elitism of the medium. They are passionate about confronting conservatism within classical music, and want to work towards creating a space for different identities to exist within a medium that has refused to acknowledge them.

Leisa Prowd (dancer, performance artist and choreographer):

Extract from Prowd’s thought for I am A Dancer for delvingintodance.com’s “Why Dance Matters Now.”

Lately, I have been working with the idea that I need to free myself of the expectation that I should be educating the audience about the difference. My presence on stage is often seen as a lesson in positivity and resilience for non-disabled people.  There are times my experience as a short-statured woman feeds into my dance expression, however I dance simply because I love to. I dance because it is a part of me and within the dance I am truly myself; unafraid and held by something outside myself that I trust.

Joshua Pether:  Proud Kalkadoon man living and working on Noongar country.

He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realities. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories- indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonised body.

The National Museum of Australia will also unveil the newest contributions to Momentous – the National Museum of Australia’s award-winning online exhibition, capturing personal experiences of the 2019–20 bushfires and Covid-19.

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