Picture divided into a top and bottom panel, top panel features Jamaes walking through the desert wearing a light blue singlet. Below Liz Lea wears red dress with red flowing out behind her on a white background.
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3pm, Sat 29 April


The Playhouse,
Canberra Theatre Centre

Two acclaimed artists originating from Canberra – James Batchelor and Liz Lea, will showcase their works on International Dance Day, inspired by the women in Canberra that helped shape their careers.  

Don’t miss the chance to witness these incredible artists showcase their powerful works back where it all began.

James Batchelor’s extraordinary and contemplative work Shortcuts to Familiar Places premiered in Berlin and posits Batchelor’s body as a map that is constantly being rewritten. Batchelor’s work also pays tribute to his various teachers, providing an insight into the history of modern dance in Australia.

Liz Lea’s fearless and fierce RED returns to Canberra Theatre Centre after its successful live stream in 2020.  Described as unforgettable, shattering and hilarious, RED is a soul-baring retelling of one woman’s journey through illness. Elusive, fractious and fabulous interdisciplinary performance – RED is an exquisite exploration of female endurance.

BATCHELOR + LEA is proudly presented by Canberra Theatre Centre as part of the New Works program, developing work to send to the world and also bringing it back home for Canberran audiences to enjoy. This performance is part of the 2023 Australian Dance Week festival program, a festival from Ausdance ACT.

Liz Lea is a resident at Gorman Arts Centre.