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Co-devised by Belinda Locke, Joseph Stewart and Amanda Lever with Anna Seymour (creative development 2019-2020).

Director Belinda Locke uses performance to unearth invisible challenges that people face in their lives every day. Drawing from anonymous submissions about real-life experiences, Under My Tongue delves into the politics of connection, the aesthetics of access, and the unseen aspects of people’s identities, histories, and emotional lives.

The performance season (18-23 July) is complemented by a full takeover of Brunswick Mechanics Institute curated by Belinda Locke in celebration of Disability Pride Month.

We invite you to join us throughout Disability Pride Month to watch, listen, explore and contemplate your own relationship to the invisible challenges that surround us and those you experience yourself.

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MaggZ, Producer in Residence

Hosted by MaggZ, David Prakash and Oliver Le and supported by the World + focus group and mentors – The World + Event foregrounds multisensory approach, to explore and unpack the essences of street dance battles and the notion of world-building as the underpinning conceptual frameworks. The World + Event is the culmination of the co-design and lab processes.

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Sat 6 May, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 1 – Fri 31 Mar | Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 17 — Sun 19 Mar | Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre (PICA)
Sat 25 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Wed 15 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 5 Nov, Brunswick Mechanics
Fri 18 Nov, Migrant Coffee
Fri 28 — Sat 29 Oct, Trades Hall, Carlton
Fri 21 Oct, Platform Arts
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Jul, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 11 ⏤ Sun 26 Jun, Queen Victoria Women's Centre
Wed 11 May — Sat 25 June, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 28 Apr, Brunswick Mechanics
Sun 27 & Tues 29 Mar, Federation Wharf, Princes Walk
Thu 17 Mar, Brunswick Mechanics
Sat 26 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
Thu 17, Fri 18 & Sat 19 Feb, Brunswick Mechanics
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  5. Image: Dead Ends and Detours Bruno Booth. Photo: Duncan Wright (2022)

  6. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  7. Image credit: “Cthuluscene” (2023), Megan Beckwith. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  8. Image: Courtesy of the artist (2021)

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  13. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow

  14. Image: Saluhan x Next Wave presents: Radical Hospitality – Kain Na Tayo! Photography: MJ Flamiano. Art Direction: Catherine Ortega-Sandow


World + is a series of conversations, development, and in-person events aiming to reimagine and reconceptualise the notion of ‘battles’ within the street dance culture based in Melbourne, curated by Producer in Residence MaggZ. Through the process of co-designing with industry peers, mentors and active community members aged between 18-25 from the street dance sector, this program aspires to shine light on the voice of the youth and to investigate the current complexities within the battle culture, as well as to extend the infrastructure and modality of ‘battles’ with the notion of world-building whilst honouring the socio-political context and the history of street dance.

World + is made up of:
Co-design: weekly meetup with industry peer and a focus group of 4 participants aged between 18-25 to co-explore ways to re-conceptualise battles, facilitated by MaggZ, supported by mentors and peers

World + Lab: a 6-hour guided development session at Brunswick Mechanics to trial out ideas from the co-design process, facilitated by MaggZ, peers and an external facilitator; participated by the focus group (open to all, but prioritising age 18-25).

World + Event: a 6-hour public-facing event at Brunswick Mechanics to actualise the re-conceptualisation of battles after the co-design and World + Lab process, facilitated by MaggZ and peers.

Co-design: Regular sessions throughout Apr & May 2023
World + Lab: Sat 6 May 2023
World + Event: Sat 3 June 2023
📍Brunswick Mechanics 
270 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

More information coming soon.

MaggZ is a Naarm-based (Melbourne, Australia) queer Chinese movement artist, creative director and producer, trained in ballet and now specialised in waacking - a freestyle dance originated in 1970s LA from the Latinix and African American queer community, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing amongst street dance battles, performances, installations, creative direction and producing, MaggZ’s practice centres aliveness, stillness, persistence and agency and aspires to honour the authentic self and living experience through transdisciplinary explorations in both physical and digital landscapes. MaggZ is appointed as Producer in Residence at Next Wave (Naarm), and producer / performance art consultant at Collide24 (Berlin, Germany). MaggZ’s recent achievements are - the recipient of the Young Creative Awards in 2020, nominated four times by the Green Room Awards, and the winner of Destructive Steps allstyle 2v2 dance battle in 2022.

The Producer in Residence and Creative Leadership programs are generously supported by VicHealth through their Future Healthy initiatives.

  1. Image: World + Joey Truong (2023)