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White Face

Carly Sheppard

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Co-presented with Footscray Community Arts Centre

Examining the social, cultural and personal impact of the 1937 Aboriginal Assimilation Policy, White Face combines humour, contemporary dance and theatre to address the experience of being Aboriginal in an overwhelmingly colonial environment.

Speaking from her own experiences as an undercover sista’ (fair-skinned Aboriginal),  Carly negotiates her own context and how she exists historically, culturally and socially as an Indigenous woman today. Also taking into account the experiences of her Indigenous peers, Elders, friends and family, White Face questions concepts of forced assimilation, the denial of Indigenous heritage as a protection of human rights and the present day reconciliation of these realities.

“White Face … shines as a haunting production piece; its commentary on the modern Aboriginal Australian is truly evocative.” Artshub

“This powerful piece brings a new voice to dance” The Guardian

White Face

Date: 6 - 11 May 2014

Location: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St Footscray VIC 3011

Time: 6 - 9 May 7pm, 10 & 11 May 1pm & 7pm

Duration: 50 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Notes: The 6 May performance is a preview. Warnings: Course language, political themes, loud music.

Ticket Prices: $15

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Carly Sheppard

Carly Sheppard Director, Choreographer, Performer
Ryl Harris Collaborator and Performer
Jessie Lloyd Original Sound Design
James Andrews Adapted Sound Design
Daniel Anderson Lighting Design
Julia Truong Stage Management

White Face is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

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