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Dancing in Fetters

Today, most people dance because it is a happy activity; for convicts, there were deeper reasons including freedom, defiance, and an opportunity to express their self-identity.

DATE: 01 Feb 2023 - 28 Apr 2023

Dancing in Fetters - the culture of convict dance draws on the doctoral research of Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke.

This intriguing exhibition traces the origins of an unexpected and largely unknown aspect of life in the early penal colony, presenting the culture and characters at the forefront of this intangible heritage that was fundamental to expression during the convict era.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Australia including the unceded lands of the Tyerremotepanner, Panninher, Darug and Noongar Nations. We recognize the immense importance of dance and music in their cultures and communities. We acknowledge the impact that colonialism has had on Aboriginal Country and Aboriginal peoples and that this impact continues to be felt today.

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