Fat dancers challenge our body image ideals

Kate Champion has worked with fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater to bring larger-bodied performers to the stage.

Image via www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Recent years have seen considerable discussion in the arts sector around the need for greater diversity on Australian stages. In Nothing to Lose, Kate Champion’s final work as Artistic Director for Force Majeure, that discussion is taken a step further through the participation and representation of larger-sized performers.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts