Midsumma Festival 2019 presents BODY: 31 January – 2 February 2019

Midsumma Festival is proud to present BODY: a powerful, thought-provoking and stimulating collection of works in partnership with Arts House which will amplify the voices of the trans, gender diverse and intersex community.

Featuring leading and international local artists, BODY champions the notion that individuals have sovereignty over their own bodies. With a collection of performances, visual art, music and talks, this boundary-pushing three-day event from 31st January to 2nd of February as well as satellite events at Arts Centre Melbourne and Incinerator Gallery. Highlights include:

MDLSX by Motus
International artist Silvia Calderoni offers a theatrical performance exploring gender and androgyny, painting a story of violence, pain, confusion and acceptance set to the music of The Smiths, Vampire Weekend, R.E.M and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Arts House, 31st January – 2nd February

Third Nature by Raina Peterson & Govind Pillai
A sensuous, riotous dance work of lavish beauty exploring the wildness of gender and human sexuality, Third Nature is set in a world where South Asia was never colonized and two people can delight in their own bodies free of sanctions. Arts House, 31st January – 2nd February

Beast by Krishna Istha (pictured – Image by Cherry Auhoni)
Follow Krishna Istha on a comedic journey into the life of a trans person in 2019 in this “self-help stand-up for the oppressed” directed by Zoe Coombs-Marr. Arts House, 31st January – 2nd February

Gender Euphoria
Cabaret icons Mama Alto and Maude Davey, together with a procession of transgender legends, say ‘goodbye’ to gender dysphoria and ‘hello’ to Gender Euphoria in this new variety adventure. Arts Centre Melbourne, 24th January

HR by Bonnie Hart
Bonnie Hart weaves filmmaking, music, performance art, visual art and sculptural installation to present an industrial manifesto on beauty, labour and embodiment. Arts House, 2nd February

POISE by Kelly O’Shea
An immersive installation exhibition that challenges norms and understandings about our bodies, through the construction of a physical environment. Featuring music by Eves, POISE grants an experience of both confrontation and solace. Arts House, 31st January – 2nd February

BodMod Salon
Explore expressions of identity and learn basic skills in this body casting workshops with creative artist Lou Fourie.
Arts House, 2nd February

Habits and Friends
Celebrate the closing night of BODY as HABITS headline a music event that blurs the edges of party, performance, gender and body. Featuring some of Melbourne’s finest trans, gender diverse and intersex performers with a guest appearance from Italian DJ and star of Motus’ MDLSX, Silva Calderoni. Arts House, 2nd February

“Midsumma Festival will unite around the theme of BODY,” says Midsumma Program Manager, Daniel Santangeli. “This is an astounding suite of programming championing the notion that individuals should have sovereignty over their own bodies and be able to set their own social and political agenda.” 

Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. Midsumma works year-round to provide artists with support and tools to create, present and promote their work at the annual festival.