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Body and Country (Midsumma) [Melbourne]

Body and Country (Midsumma) [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Saturday February 2, 2019 - 4:00 PM


Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, VIC 3051


FREE – requires registration


Glenda Judd & Susan Emerson

Language/ Cultural Consultant:


About the Show

Two First Nations artists speak on the intersections of body and Country

Presented by: Midsumma Festival and Arts House

Is it possible to separate body from Country? What does this mean for First Nations trans and gender diverse people? And how does one negotiate the tensions of culture, racism and identity to live with authenticity?

Join lyrical poet, Lay the Mystic, and cross-disciplinary artist and writer, S.J Norman, as they discuss their experiences of embodiment and connection with Country as First Nations trans people.

S.J Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. Their work traverses performance, installation, sculpture, text, video and sound. Live performance remains the core of their practice: working with extended duration, task-based, and endurance practices, as well as intimate/one-to-one frameworks, Norman’s primary medium is the body: the body as a spectacle of truth and a theatre of fantasy; a siphon of personal and collective memory; an organism with which we are infinitely familiar and eternally estranged; a site which is equally loaded and empty of meaning, where histories, narratives, desires and discourses converge and collapse.

Lay the Mystic is a Naarm (Melbourne) based lyrical poet, musician and multi-medium performance artist. His work explores themes of diaspora, transient belonging and the feelings in between. Reaffirming the opinion that we are defining the cultures we are born into by simply existing, Lay interrogates his position within that publicly through performance. His current works explore what it means to be a queer, trans, femme-boy of Tongan and Lebanese descent, who is learning his ancestors through his own body.