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  • PACT Centre for Emerging Artists 107 Railway Parade Erskineville, NSW, 2043 Australia (map)
Image Credit: Christina Appel @ppppel

Image Credit: Christina Appel @ppppel

Black Birds x You Therefore Me present RECLAIM, an evening of connecting and empowering womxn through movement, music and art. Join us for an event that champions all things empowering and unbound led by one of Sydney’s leading choreographers and dancers, Sela Vai and her artistic development program ‘You Therefore She’. RECLAIM challenges the conventional idea of femininity and celebrates the diversity and strength of the feminine identity. Featuring movement pieces to music by some of the world’s baddest womxn, live music by Mirrah, VJing by Lunar Sequence, photography by Christina Appel and a DJ set by munaaasib, RECLAIM is a night not to be missed.

Curated by Ayeesha Ash (Black Birds) and Sela Vai (Black Birds, You Therefore Me)

Black Birds is a Sydney based company which was founded in 2015 by Ayeesha Ash & Emele Ugavule. The company is led by Artistic Director, Ayeesha Ash, with support from Community Outreach Officer, Emele Ugavule and Resident Choreographer, Sela Vai. It is a response to the lack of representation & misrepresentation of Women of Colour in the Australian arts. With each project, creatives are invited to collaborate on works that dissect and document the female Black and Brown diasporic experience in Australia through art and performance in a variety of mediums and spaces - both theatrical and non-theatrical. Black Birds prides itself on making work that is intersectional, interdisciplinary and intercultural. We strive to create work that is culturally, financially and physically accessible; work that challenges the norm and starts the conversation.

You Therefore Me is an intersectional movement for dance creatives. Championing all things empowering and unbound, we play our pART in the generation of change-makers. I am all that I am because of you: the choices you make/the beauty you acknowledge/the truth you voice. And vice versa. You, Therefore, Me. Driven by this philosophy, the movement aims to connect people through accountability. For the past two years, You Therefore Me has been touring artistic development programs for young dancers around Sydney and Singapore. More recently, a sub-program called "You Therefore She" has been taking place in Sydney, aiming to connect, up-skill and empower womxn of all walks of life, inclusive of those femme/female-identifying/non-binary. A safe space for womxn to explore their artistry to the ends of their unbound potential.

This event will allow for those womxn to showcase what they create, a platform to collaborate and share.


Adri Detar
Areta Tjoe
Ashley Darbyshire
Catherine Cvetko
Christie Lucas
Christina Appel
Christine Wang
Emily Havea
Hana Truban
Hayden Campbell
Laura Dimas
Maddie Smith
Maggie Xu
Marisa Clarke
Mel Markos
Moana-Nui Berryman
Olivia Hadley
Romauli Simatupang
Tania Praiz Rees
Vivian Tran
Vivienne Lee

Event photographer: Ruby Paris
Exhibiting photographer: Christina Appel
Musicians: Mirrah Reflects
VJ: Lunar Sequence (Sohan Judge)
DJ: Munasib (Muna Hamid)

Date: July 27
Time: 6:30-10pm
Venue: PACT, 107 Railway Pde. Erskineville
Tickets: $15 online, $20 on the door (subject to availability)

Earlier Event: July 10
Later Event: August 14
3x3x2 Festival of New Works