When the whole world is changing, you can choose to love your neighbour, or hate the world.
In both personal relationships and society as a whole, we all have a choice when responding to the fear of change - with violence or with tolerance.
Written by Central Victorian theatre-makers, this bold new performance is inspired by real-life experiences of family violence. The play holds up a mirror to our recent local history, when in 2015, Bendigo was the epicentre of anti-muslim protests, centred around the planning proposal for the city’s first mosque.
Having moved away from home to live with her boyfriend, Sophie is searching for connection. She forms a close friendship with her neighbour Rubina, a woman who is also alone. But Sophie’s boyfriend David is a young man full of fear, and in fighting for control over changes in their lives, David’s choices play out in dangerous, and unfortunately familiar, ways.
The Belly Dancer asks what kind of community we want to be creating - one that is underpinned by the values of violence and shackled by fear, or one that is open to difference and celebrates our capacity to embrace change with love. Are we complicit in maintaining the power imbalance that allows violence to flourish, and as the bystander next-door, is doing nothing no longer enough?
This project is funded through the Ulumbarra Foundation Performing Arts Power-up Grant, City of Greater Bendigo Community Grants Program and Capital Venues & Events Performance Subsidy.
Please note the first performance on Friday 15 March, 2pm is a Preview Performance followed by a Q&A - all tickets $10.00
The Venue: The Engine Room
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