PACT is paving the way forward for emerging artists

PACT, Sydney’s home of experimental and emerging theater, is gearing up for the second in its series of Salon events, this time with actress, writer, activist and all-round inspiring gem Emily Dash at the helm. Dash is a well-regarded Australian creative force already well known for her collaborations with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Opera House. She’s also a Tropfest finalist responsible for The Milky Pop Kid, a funny but telling short that she co-wrote and co-starred in, with the film exploring the shitty but widespread phenomenon of able-bodied actors playing characters with disabilities. For PACT 2, Dash has pulled together a four hour mini-festival, one featuring a range of female artists who specialize in works that explore our collective sense of self and the clash of our differing perceptions. The program also draws to the fore oft-ignored voices, featuring older artists and those with disabilities (Dash herself has cerebral palsy) and mental illness. Just like Dash, the program is witty, inspiring and thought-provoking. This is not Dash’s first dance with PACT either. Her initial involvement with the outfit was through its creative program for emerging artists, a think tank designed to develop art and give young […]

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