Ladyfinger - not just a digital exercise

Not Just a Digital Exercise


Friday 25 June 2021  TIME: 1:30am UK  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

Company directors Dawn Albinger and Julie Robson discuss how Ladyfinger has embraced and resisted the online environment for training and new performance making during the time of the pandemic. Sharing old and new approaches to collaborating and exchanging with artists locally and across Australia, they highlight how their core principle of embodied, somatic enquiry and connection was nurtured on and off the screen.

photos: Lisa Businovski

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 1:30am – find your local time

LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish translation

Ladyfinger is a Brisbane-based contemporary performance company that perform, produce and publish. Their works are hand made by women and give voice to the female imaginary. They are also inspired by divas, monsters, lamenters and lullaby makers.

Dawn Albinger is a performance maker with a long history of creating solo and ensemble works, as well as feminist researcher on divas and devising practice.

Julie Robson is an artist, educator and researcher with specialisms in performance making, feminism, siren vocality, and innovation learning.

LANGUAGE: the artist talk will be in English.

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Prayers of Shaman–Invoking Healing Goddess

Prayers of Shaman - Invoking Healing Goddess

Dimple B. Shah

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 2:30am  LOCATION: Zoom

Prayer of a Shaman is a performance shamanistic ritual act. It establishes an image of the pandemic goddess who is a healer. The performer attempts to embody the body through a ritual into the goddess of a pandemic. The performer body facilitates transmuting the message to the goddess and in the process becoming goddess itself. The healing is done through various herbal plants. Usually my performances deal with my audience through one to one interaction since every individual has their own psychological and emotional and physical concerns. My work is inspired by reference of goddess image from cultural roots but not directly portrayed, it just hints to the reference of my cultural roots.

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 2:30am – find your local time


LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

Dimple B Shah is a practicing multidisciplinary artist from Bangalore. She studied at MS University, Baroda. Her art practice has developed in painting, printmaking, installation and performance art. She has practiced live performance art for 20 years and widely performed in International festivals and biennales including in Zurich, Paris, Munich, Gothenburg, Lagos, Colombo, Dhaka and many places in India.

2020 has been a most depressing and traumatic year. The Pandemic period due to Covid19 has taken a toll all over the world – almost half a year is gone in lockdown. Bangalore is one of the fastest growing danger cities and I am presently in a containment zone with 6 active cases in my lane. Bangalore has the fastest doubling rate compared to other cities, with no beds in hospital, every lane and corner affected and 3000 home-quarantined Covid patients. This year has been a year of fear and home isolation, most of the time spent in the four walls of our home. I have not gone out since March. This is
traumatic and psychologically we are confronting many things at the same time – on one side disease and the fear of corona virus, and on the other side job survival as an artist. It been very tough without much support from the government, especially in India.
This set of work was created during home isolation.
Performances During Lockdown July –March 2020

Yoga Day2 - 8am UK time

Friday Yoga

with Suzon & Zed

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 8:00  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, French, Body

Daily meditation, relaxation, stretching, breathing and laughing, with Suzon and Zed.

Please join us for one session or every day of the festival! Everyone is welcome, regardless of level of experience in yoga. Wear comfortable clothing and have a free quiet space of about 2 metres square around you.

booking for each session

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 8:00 – find your local time

DURATION: 45 minutes

LOCATION: Zoom – you will receive an email with the zoom link once you have registered.

LANGUAGE: English, French, and body language

Booking for each session:

Suzon Fuks is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in performing, visual and digital arts. Her movement practice is influenced by the Feldenkrais Method, Kalaripayattu, and Yoga. She is also a Reiki Master.

Zed Zeldich is the dragKING alter ego of artist Zoe Gudovic. He is getting ready for the festival and the challenge of turning up every day to stretch, mediate and meditate!

ObservaStory 24/7 Day2


Friday 25 June 2021  TIME: 24/7  LOCATION: Gather Town

The ObservaStory celebrates The Magdalena Project’s story with a series of documentaries and videos about past Magdalena festivals. it’s also a place to chat, network and connect with others.

In the ObservaStory you can sit around the fire and chat with a group of people, sit at one of the garden tables and speak privately with up to 6 people, or just explore the various videos.

You can explore at any time, before, during and after the festival events.

The ObservaStory has been created in the online social meeting platform Currently, only works reliably on a laptop or desktop using a Firefox or Chrome browser. There is limited functionality on mobile devices (phones and tablets).

Enter the ObservaStory

  • Click on the link and you will arrive at a page where you can enter your name and customise your avatar.
  • Once you have done this,  click “next”. Your browser may ask you for permission to access your camera and microphone – click “allow”. 
  • At this screen you can check that your webcam, microphone, and speakers are working.
  • You will then be taken to a short tutorial which explains how to move around and interact with objects. 

Once you finish the tutorial you will find yourself in the ObservaStory! The map is big so do have a look around. To speak to somebody simply walk up to them and you should see their video feed and be able to hear them. 

To find other people in the ObservaStory, click on their name in the participants list and click “follow” to automatically follow them or locate on map to be shown a path to them. 

To watch a video press x. To exit from a video mode press x. 

There is more basic information on the Help page of this website.

DATE: Open 24/7 throughout the festival, 24 – 27 June 2021.


LANGUAGES: videos in the ObservaStory are in English, Spanish, Poruguese and other languages.

The ObservaStory has been conceived and curated by Dr. Christina Papagiannouli, who is Research Fellow in Performance and Interactive and Immersive Technology at the University of South Wales (UK) and a member of the Bodies:On:Live organising team.


The following videos are available for you to explore in the ObservaStory – watch them on your own or with others. You can also access the videos from these links.

‘Magdalena’ documentary film, 2013, produced by Jill Greenhalgh and Sarah Penrhyn Jones. 
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BURNING ISSUES meets Magdalena München [Interview], 2020. Alina Buchberger (Kampnagel Hamburg) interviews Helen Varley Jamieson. Interview von Alina Buchberger (Kampnagel Hamburg) mit Magdalena München im Rahmen der Konferenz BURNING ISSUES meets Kampnagel 2020

TRANSIT IX – HOPE IN ACTION 2019: Theatre, Women, Will. Odin Teatret, Denmark. 12 – 23 June 2019.
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MESTIZA CHILE 2018: Resistance and Memory. Santiago y Valparaíso, Chile. 30 October – 9 November 2018.

MESTIZA CHILE 2018 Testimonies:
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INTERNATIONALES FRAUEN* THEATER-FESTIVAL 2018. Protagon e.V., Frankfurt. 27 – 30 September 2018.
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TANTIDHATRI 2016: International Women’s Performing Arts Festival. Rangashankara, Bangalore. 17 – 21 February 2016.
About Tantidhatri 2016 – Interview with Parvathy Baul
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MULTICIDADE 2015: International Festival of Women in the Performing Arts. Rio de Janeiro. Video by Karima Shehata. 31 October – 7 November 2015.
Jadranka Andjelic presents MULTICIDADE 2015.
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MAGDALENA3Reinventions 2014: Where to Continue the Dignification process? Heróica Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Telón de Arena, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Colegio de Chihuahua y Universidad Autónoma de Cd. Juárez. 31 March – 6 April 2014,
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MESTIZA CHILE 2013: Point of Departure. The first Magdalena festival to be held in Chile. It was inspired and motivated by the strength of the network and the energy of every woman within it. Santigao, Chile. 6 – 12 May 2013.
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MAGDALENA 2a GENERACION 2011, Argentina, Documentary by Fiore Corona. A 30-minute documentary has been made by Fiore Carona, about the 2011 Encuentro Internacional Argentina, organised by Magdalena Segunda Generacíon and held in Junín, Buenos Aires and Dolores, Argentina.
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TRANSIT VI, DENMARK 2009: Women on the Periphery, Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark. Video by Adriana de Andrade & Luciana Martichelli. 6-16 August 2009.
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MAGDALENA PACIFICA 2002: Festival Internaciónal de Teatro Calí, Pacifica Cali, Colombia. A festival hosted by Teatro La Mascara in Cali and Bogota, 21 September – 5 October 2002.
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