Of Stubborn Songs and Unequal Wars*

Nithya Nagarajan, Liv Satchell, Marco Cher-Gibard and Zainab Syed (NSW, VIC and WA)

Of Stubborn Songs and Unequal Wars* is an intercultural theatre work and living repository of research about domestic violence, the micro-personal and macro-political landscapes of female bodies, and women’s cultural resistance practices.

Nithya Nagarajan is an artist and curator whose practice adopts movement as a system of inquiry into the sacred, the sensual and the decolonial, underpinned by a strong feminist sensibility. Liv Satchell is a theatre maker, writer and dramaturg. She is interested in how loss and grief are embodied, and in feminine dramaturgies that seek value outside of traditional narrative paradigms.

Inspired by written accounts and lived experience of intimate partner violence, the artists and their collaborating team are forging this project at an intersection of their practices, exploring how language and the body can both submit to and resist control.

*Working title borrowed from ‘When I hit you’ by Meena Kandasamy

Creative Team: Co-creator – Nithya Nagarajan; Co-creator – Liv Satchell; Sound designer – Marco Cher-Gibard; Producer – Zainab Syed; Digital archive – H Mur

Image: Gianna Rizzo


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