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Body Politics – curated by Zoë Bastin

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Body Politics 

Curated by Zoë Bastin, Body Politics is a workshop series that offers artists of all disciplines an opportunity to engage in experimentation, delving into the intricacies of performance dynamics. Guided by experienced artist mentors, participants have the chance to learn and collaborate as they deep dive into what it means to be an artist who works with performance. 

This is Season Three of Body Politics, and the exploration is Uncanny Embodiments and Queer Alterities.

Zoë Bastin says, "let's navigate the uncharted waters of digital multiplicities, stretching understandings of corporeality beyond comprehension, blur the boundaries between somatic fact and fiction and revel in awe-inspiring bodies that defy convention. Facilitated by artist mentors Hamish McIntosh, Brooke Stamp, Sarah Aiken, Alexander Powers, Jonathan Homsey and Luke George.

In this season, we're leaning into intriguing questions: What happens when bodies go beyond conventional limits? How can bodies transform into digital entities, pushing the boundaries of comprehension? How can we transcend our physical constraints, or harness boundless material forces? What are the powers at play that choreograph us in social environments, that create a body politic?

Join us on this thought-provoking journey as we challenge norms and explore the extraordinary. Discover new dimensions of the body and its capabilities to surprise and inspire you."


Established in 2018, Body Politics is an initiative designed to facilitate meaningful conversations about the methods, future directions, and techniques employed by performance practitioners. Devised and convened by artist, researcher and curator Zoë Bastin, this program aims to foster emerging performance-based practitioners across disciplines. We warmly invite creatives of any background with an interest in performance to participate in an enriching exploration of the practices of their peers. Join us for a deep dive into the inner workings of established artists as we collectively delve into the world of performance.


We welcome individual practitioners in performing and visual arts at all career stages. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners are particularly encouraged to attend and mob tix are available at checkout. This series is delivered at a low cost to participants. We would like everyone to be able to attend, so if finances are a barrier please get in touch for a free ticket.


Sat, Nov 4: Hamish McIntosh, Main Hall, 1 – 4pm
Sat, Nov 11: Brooke Stamp, Upstairs Studio, 1 – 4pm
Sat, Nov 18:  Sarah Aiken, Upstairs Studio, 1 – 4pm
Sat, Nov 25: Alexander Powers, Main Hall, 11am – 2pm
Sat, Dec 16: Jonathan Homsey, Upstairs Studio, 10am – 1pm,  Luke George, 2 – 5pm


6 Session Cost: Mob/Queer Fam/POC $100, Conc/Unwaged $130, Full $160
Per Session Cost: Mob/Queer Fam/POC $20, Conc/Unwaged $25, Full $30

If you have any specific accessibility needs or any queries regarding the workshop series, please contact:


This event will take place inside. Bathrooms are for all-genders and wheelchair accessible, Temperance Hall's Upstairs Studio is only accessible via a stairwell.


Phillip Adams BalletLab at Temperance Hall is the Australian amplifier of queer, experimental dance, performance and art. We champion fearless artistic expression through bold curation, development and presentation of programs that challenge and deepen the broader Australian cultural conversation. Temperance Hall provides a counterpoint to dominant cultural narratives through a celebration of artistic non-compliance and artform reinvention.

    Design by Hamish McIntosh

    Temperance Hall acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land in which we dance and create, the Boon Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nation, and pay our respect to Elders both past and present and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

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