News · 1 March 2024

Interview with the Artist – Matriarchs

Matriarchs_Olivia Adams

Embark on a powerful journey with Olivia Adams, a proud Wulli Wulli artist and trailblazer in contemporary dance.

Her latest work Matriarchs is an exploration of identity and intergenerational healing through the tales of First Nations women – daughters, mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. Premiering as part of Dance24 Festival at Metro Arts, Matriarchs is a powerful contemporary dance work that explores how the experiences of past generations can help shape the stories of the future.

 

 

THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE SHOW…

Olivia Adams (OA): Fun.  Loose.  Clever

 

WHAT CAN AUDIENCES EXPECT? 

OA: This show is designed to make you feel insane amounts of joy, laughter and leave all your problems at the door. Audiences can expect an intimate night of laughter and a lot of fun.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A PERFORMER/CREATIVE?

OA: I am very silly, playful, and cheeky. My show is all the things I’m afraid to say, but couldn’t help myself because the world needs to know.

 

 

 

 

WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY? 

OA: This young girl was doing a cultural dance at Musgrave Park for NAIDOC years ago and I just couldn’t stop watching. She was so staunch. She embodied this incredible power and pride in the way she danced –  which I will be thinking about for a long time.

 

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LOVE FOR PERFORMING ARTS?

OA: I started dance lessons very young, so it’s a love that’s always been there. I do remember seeing a contemporary dance show when I was about twelve and being in awe. I just wanted to be on stage with them and walked away knowing I wanted that to be my job.

Matriarchs premieres as part of Metro Arts’ DANCE24 festival 22 – 25 May, at New Benner Theatre, West Village, West End. 

Click here for more details. 

 

 

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