Challenging the myth of sport versus art

With sport at the centre of a photography exhibition and a new theatre work transforming football into dance, is the perceived cultural divide between art and sport narrowing?
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Former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan performs SDS1, a dance-inspired work derived entirely from the physicality of soccer. Photographer by Ashley de Prazer

There is a perception that art and sport sit at opposite sides ends of the spectrum of Australian culture. Meat pies and beer-guzzling philistines on one side, champagne-sipping art wankers on the other.

But ​the cultural divide – always overstated – no longer rings true. Plenty of audience members go to the footy on Friday night and the theatre on Saturday and plenty of artists find sport a fertile field for creative reflection.

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