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WXYZ Studios
Lucy Guerin Inc, 130 Dryburgh Street
North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia

(03) 9329 4213
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Sleep Activism: A Choreographic Practice Laboratory

Amaara Raheem and Collaborators
Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc

Hello and welcome. Please lay yourself down, and exhale.

Over a 12-hour cycle we’ll be exploring notions of sleep/lessness as a corporeal practice; as sites of unlearning and resistance. Considering relations between standing and falling, activity and passivity, doing and undoing, “Sleep Activism” declares itself first and foremost a choreographic practice in which our bodies become sites of encounter. Here, we unravel the myth that activism and choreography must perform a certain kind of doing.

This workshop is suitable for artists of any discipline who are interested in collective, durational, emergent, and generative choreographic practices. You don’t need to be a professional dancer to engage in this lab but you do need to be open and willing to move.


Attendance from 9am–9pm is required in order to participate.
Wear clothes you feel good moving in; and bring a blanket and a cushion and some things to write with.
Lunch, dinner and snacks provided.


Creator & facilitator: Amaara Raheem
Collaborators: Annabelle Lacroix & Caitlin Dear
Producer: Estelle Conley

Image credit: “Sleep Activism” (2023). Photo by Amaara Raheem.

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Amaara Raheem is a dance-artist, researcher and writer. In 2021 she co-curated an online symposium with Dance Art Foundation, ‘Organising for Change’ that led to an ongoing interest in how dance organises spaces of activism. Amaara lives between Naarm/Melbourne and rural Victoria where she co-hosts a residential arts hub for reparative practices with artist Mick Douglas. Amaara holds a PhD from the School of Architecture and Urban Design (RMIT University); is a part-time Lecturer at The Victorian College of the Arts (Dance); sits on the Artistic Directorate for Next Wave; and is the first Feminist-Thinker-In-Residence with APHIDS (2023).

Anabelle Lacroix is a French-Australian curator. Working with exhibitions, public programming and radio, she is interested in the expanded fields of curating and writing, involving performance, sound, speech and publishing. As part of a PhD at the University of New South Wales, she is developing time-bound curatorial methods for sleepless bodies, and for rhythming otherwise. In 2021, she curated ‘Freedom of Sleep’ at Fondation Fiminco in Paris. She is a current editor of ‘Flaneur Magazine’ and a lecturer at The New School Paris. In Melbourne, she worked with Liquid Architecture and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art among others.

Caitlin Dear is a choreographer who works interdisciplinarily across dance, live art, academia and practice-based research. They create sensorially and intellectually engaging experiences, whether it be an action in a gallery, performance in a theatre or outdoor engagement in a public setting. Their projects prioritise audience/community participation by incorporating immersive and interactive elements. These bring people into somatic engagements with Caitlin’s conceptual inquiries, dissolving boundaries between artist, audience, artwork and everyday life. Caitlin’s work (queer, crip and theoretically rich in nature) has