What the Body Knows ( but may have forgotten)

Two Local Artists give Community a Free Art Festival

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Avatar69 on Sunday 21 August 2022.

Artists Max Dingle & Natalie McDonagh image

Max Dingle OAM and Natalie McDonagh PhD are delighted to present the Shoalhaven community with a free, four-day arts festival, What the Body Knows (but may have forgotten), taking place at Huskisson Community Centre from Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2022. A small company of local artists have been asked to blend every art form.

Max Dingle OAM and Natalie McDonagh PhD are delighted to present the Shoalhaven community with a free, four-day arts festival, What the Body Knows (but may have forgotten) to be held at the Huskisson Community Centre NSW.
Dingle and McDonagh have gathered a small company of local artists, performers and musicians; asked them to blend every art form they practice, present an event like no other, and be in residence as a marvellous cast of Players that interact with visitors ready for an arts fix.
McDonagh is former director of the popular SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival, last staged as a live event in 2019, prior to fires, floods and pandemic. She says:
“People in our local community are long overdue an opportunity to totally immerse themselves in arts experiences and be rewarded in unpredictable ways. When people attend ‘What the body knows (but may have forgotten)’ they may find themselves feeling surprised, delighted, fascinated, revolted, amazed, awash with love, moved to tears, laughing out loud, contemplating some big beautiful questions”.
What the Body Knows (but may have forgotten) has sixteen elements in its program. These include Resurrecting Romance and What Lies Beyond, major art installations with accompanying performances. There are works made for audience participation, such as: consulting Yak Woman Oracle in her Sanctum; stitching a communal cloth exploring how we are Planted Here; adding to the forest of ribbons in ghost trees, an installation capturing what counts most to us. There are some works that only come into existence when a
visitor sets them in motion: a kitchen table conversation with The Funeral Singer; Still Breathing, a collaborative soundscape visitors create with The Breath of Time, and Artist. Action. Reaction. that needs a visitor to pick a postcard artwork and trigger an action by one of The Players. Max Dingle, The Romantic Boy and Natalie McDonagh, The Strange Girl, are joined by fellow Shoalhaven artists: Barbara Dawson, The Stitcher; Deb Grahame, She of The Keys; Megan Kovalik, The Breath of Time; Greer Taylor, She of the Trees; Annette Tesoriero, The Funeral Singer; Ini Veerkamp, Love & Laughter, and The Cellist, Karella Mitchell making a guest appearance.
Dingle and McDonagh are responsible for the curation, design and production of this festival, structured as 12 × 2 hour sessions over four days. People are welcome to come to as many sessions as they wish, and stay for all or part of a session. Visitors are asked to book into sessions online at the Dingle and McDonagh website where a printable PDF of the program is available to download.