Explicit Contents

Photo by Rafaela Pandolfini

Performances Wednesday 6 January – Saturday 9 January 2021

Wednesday 6 January – preview 7.30pm 
Thursday 7 January – opening night 7.30pm 
Friday 8 January – 6pm and 8.30pm 
Saturday 9 January – 4.30pm * and 7.30pm   

*Accessible – tactile tour, audio description, auslan interpreter, relaxed 

The edge of the body has disappeared; the environment has seeped inside and come to live amongst body parts; the nervous system feels its way far beyond the skin.  

Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Explicit Contents is a new dance work from acclaimed Sydney-based choreographer, Rhiannon Newton. Describing visceral transactions between humans and their worlds, the work tells hyper-real stories about the contents of two bodies as they are made and remade by the forces of their surroundings. Burning and cooling, hungering and satiating, incorporating and expelling, the body becomes an explicit site of action and exchange. 

Featuring Sydney-based dancers, Ivey Wawn and David Huggins, and sound design by Peter Lenaerts (Brussels/Sydney), Explicit Contents presents an evocative journey through the body’s entanglement with the environment. Reimagining bodies as watery vessels, techno-chemical conglomerates and thermo-dynamic machines, this new work asks not just what impacts are humans having on their environment, but what do these impacts feel like? 


Explicit Contents is presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sydney Festival 2021.