A performance about dance, touch and healing.

A verbatim performance providing contemporary audiences with a unique insight into the pivotal role that WWII dancehalls played in maintaining cohesion and wellbeing on the Australian home-front.

For many, the dances “were everything”. At the dances you could lose yourself in sensual pleasures and escape the tensions and grief brought by war. Using universal themes, ‘Dear Ida’ appeals to all and provides an opportunity to understand the profound healing impact of dance in a time of trauma.

Produced by Kelpie Cross Productions

Directed by Lisa Petty 

Assistant Director Tom Halls

Music/ Sound Design by Faye Bendrups

Lighting Design by Greg Carroll 

Performed by Faye Bendrups, Tom Halls, Sally Grage-Moore,  Georgia Malaxos, Chanelle Sheehan, Justin Tan, Oliver Tapp and Gary Samolin

Image by Helen Madden

Access Information:

Auslan Interpreted: Sunday 10th, 4 pm

Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.

Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.