Stages of Change: Unpacking Representation

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 03 December 2021
Category Panel Discussion

Riverside Theatres Presents
International Day of People with Disability
STAGES OF CHANGE: UNPACKING REPRESENTATION

City of Parramatta Council is committed to honouring and celebrating diversity. As part of the theatre’s ongoing desire to welcome and showcase the range of Australian stories from our communities, Riverside presents Stages of Change: Unpacking Representation. This event is part of City of Parramatta Council’s Recognising International Day of People with Disability.

Join our panel of speakers with different experiences of disability as they discuss Stages of Change: Unpacking Representation and what it means to them. The panel will explore the notion and intention of representation in Australia’s art scenes, now, and how it could be.

“This isn’t about ticking the disabled box for the day. This is a day about choice. Choosing disabled joy, choosing community… choosing to sit at the table with us in an intergenerational, cross-disabled conversation.”

The panel has been curated by artists, sister/ brother team Bedelia and Jeremy Lowrenčev, conceived to have audience and artist sharing the same space on the Riverside stage.

The panel of speakers with different experiences of disability will explore what representation means to them and what it might look like on Australian stages going forward. Panelist’s include director, actor as well as language, culture and accessibility consultant Danni Wright, multi-disciplinary artist Cynthia Florek who’s practice encompasses dance, image making and holding space for community, and Gayle Kennedy, a member of the Wongaiibon clan of South West NSW, a writer, novelist, poet and educator.

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The access initiatives will include Auslan interpreters, captions and wheelchair accessibity. And in a nod to the importance of ‘digital democracy’ the event will be livestreamed. Please choose the ‘Livestream Bookings Button’ to register for the livestream. 

Join us after the event for light refreshments and furthering the conversation.


Image: Collision by LOW Standards through PYT Fairfield residency
Photo: Anna Kučera


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As per the NSW Public Health Order (that is place from 11 October), Riverside Theatres will require anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated unless lawfully exempt.

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Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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Bedelia Lowrenčev – Associate Director 

Bedelia is a groovy, disabled actor, dancer, singer and theatre maker. She is Artist in Residence at PYT Fairfield, and recipient of the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program, supported by Accessible Arts and Mable. Bedelia cruises day to day in the heart of Western Sydney- arts making with PYT Fairfeld, Dance Makers Collective, We Are Here Dance Company, along with her dedicated food consumption of Katmer from the Turkish sweet shop just down the road. Previously mentored by Anthea Williams, and currently mentored by performance and artistic director, Felicity Nicol, Bedelia is working crip time with her deaf, twin brother, Jeremy on their multidisciplinary work, ‘Collision’. Screen, stories, Australian Sign Language, and dance all collide to explore the intersection of queerness, disability and deafness.

Crucially, Bedelia is deconstructing her Dance practice, and focusing on the translation of dance into different bodies. In her spare time, you can spy Bedelia singing and creating with The House That Dan Built and Spark Youth Ensemble, and enjoying Discord chats with young disability leaders, advocating all things DES, NDIS, the Disability Royal Commission, and debating the age old question of ‘parmie’ or ‘parma’.

Jeremy Lowrenčev – Associate Director 

Jeremy Lowrenčev has a professional training in the dramatic arts with a Bachelor degree, and internationally study at Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory.

Jeremy grew up in a large creative household, with two brothers and his twin sister Bedelia. Although at an early age Jeremy was incredibly shy, moving interstate provided him a chance to start over and starred as the lead role in his kindergarten play(Jeremy considers this to be a pivotal role of his career). Since then, Jeremy has used the arts as a way to escape and explore things that would seem impossible to in any other area of life. Since discovering his love for intersecting Auslan into theatre in 2018, Jeremy dove into creating stories through choreographed Auslan and movement, and strives to create a safe space to explore translating movement into differently abled bodies in areas and spaces that have traditionally excluded these groups. Through pursuing his passion of the arts and working alongside his womb companion (Bedelia), Jeremy found and gained pride of his deafness. This freedom of expression in the arts is the corner stone to Jeremy’s advocacy for more representation and access in the arts for the Disabled and Deaf community.

Danni Wright

Danni Wright (she/her), identifies as a Deaf Queer Vegan woman of Anglosaxon Australian descent, who is passionate and actively involved in her communities, particularly the Deaf Community. She works within the film, television and theatre industry as a director, actor and language, cultural and accessibility consultant across diverse projects. She has studied internationally enriching her skills as a versatile theatre practitioner and performer.  Danni is passionate about creativity and accessibility being entwined from the work’s inception rather than as an add-on or afterthought. Incorporating accessibility as part of performances normalises the experience for everyone.

Cynthia Florek 

Cynthia Florek is an artist with Peruvian and Polish heritage. Her art practice involves dance, movement, image making and holding space for community. In inheriting complex histories and having grown up on Darug Land, she has always been surrounded with culture and tradition. Cynthia loves any space that nurtures queer, disabled and BIPOC communities and is conscious of this in her work. Being nurtured by communities that encourage collective healing & collective joy, Cynthia gravitates towards softness and care, but also resilience and urgency as themes in her practice.

Gayle Kennedy

Gayle Kennedy’s from the NSW Ngiyaampa Nation. Her poetry collection, Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ was shortlisted in 2005 for the David Unaipon Award. Gayle won the award in 2006 with Me, Antman & Fleabag and published in 2007. She has published 11 children’s books with Oxford University Press and numerous articles and poems in national & international publications.


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