Nothing to Lose

Commissioned by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks
Sydney Festival January 2015
Malthouse Theatre March 2015

‘Fat’ is a powerful little word, full of baggage and judgement. This undaunted production delves into real-life experiences and stories to challenge aesthetic norms and reclaim a performative space for people with large bodies.

Artistic Director, Kate Champion collaborates with artist, filmmaker and fat activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater to celebrate the abundance, strength and creative capacity of these undeniable physical forms.

Unseen, unexpected and unapologetic, Nothing to Lose will investigate the relentless fascination with the fat body while abandoning stereotypes and reshaping expectations.


When Preview: 21 January | Season: 22-24 January at 8pm | Sat 24 January also at 3pm | Sun 25 January at 5pm
Where Carriageworks
Tickets General Admission $65/conc $59
Bookings Book at Sydney Festival from 24 October.
Artist Talk Saturday 24 January, 4.30pm: Join us after the matinee performance of Nothing to Lose to hear Kate Champion and Kelli Jean Drinkwater in conversation about the work. FREE for ticket holders.
Audio Description The Sunday 25 January 5pm performance will be audio described.

Special Event: Artist Talk – Tackling the Difficult and Complex
Sydney Festival presents a free artist talk with Kelli Jean Drinkwater of Nothing to Lose, Vicki Van Hout of Long Grass and Adrienne Truscott of Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy And Little Else!. This wide-ranging conversation will examine the process and politics of bringing complex and in some cases confronting subject matter to the stage. While Vicki, Kelli Jean and Adrienne explore vastly different issues within their respective works, all three are committed to reclaiming, expanding and shifting the discourse associated with the subject under scrutiny. Moderated by Rosie Dennis (Artistic Director of Urban Theatre Projects) this talk will, in itself, be a powerful and dynamic conversation between these four artists. More info at Sydney Festival


When Preview: 11 March at 8pm | Season: 12-21 March
12-14 March at 8pm | Mon 16 March at 6.30pm | 17-21 March at 8pm | Weds 18 March also at 1pm | Sat 14 & 21 March also at 3pm
Where Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre
Bookings Book now via Malthouse Theatre.


Artistic Director
Kate Champion

Kate Champion has worked as a Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher and rehearsal director for various companies including The Australian Dance Theatre, Belvoir, Legs on the Wall, Dance North, English National Opera and the UK’s DV8 Physical Theatre. She has also created, performed and toured two critically acclaimed solo shows – Face Value and About Face.

As Artistic Director of Force Majeure, Kate has directed Same, same But Different, Tenebrae – Part 1 and 2, Already Elsewhere, the film series The Sense Of It, The Age I’m In, Not in a Million Years and Never Did Me Any Harm. In 2012 Kate co-directed Force Majeure and Belvoir’s co-production Food with Steve Rodgers.

In 2010 Kate choreographed the Australian version of Spring Awakening for Sydney Theatre Company, Bliss for Opera Australia and was judge and choreographer for My Mutation for the Opera House’s Spring Dance Festival. Kate has been awarded Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Dance Awards along with the Robert Helpmann Scholarship for Choreographic Excellence. In 2013 Kate was the Associate Director for Opera Australia’s production of Wagner’s Ring. Kate is also the choreographer of the original stage production of Dirty Dancing.

Artistic Associate
Kelli Jean Drinkwater

Kelli Jean Drinkwater is an artist, filmmaker and community educator recognized internationally for her work in radical body politics. The main focus of her work is critique societies perceptions of people of size and to encourage a diverse, body positive visibility. Always challenging and often confrontational, her work aims to create complex and empowered imagery. Playful with more than a hint of irony Kelli Jean often takes the iconic and subverts it through the filter of her fatness. Creative collaborations with internationally renowned photographers and artists have been featured in major international galleries, fashion magazines and editorials.

Kelli Jean has performed and hosted at events for the likes of Duckie (UK), AntiSocial (UK), The Red Rattler Theatre (AUST). She is a resident artist with The Glitter Militia performance collective (AUST). Most recent performances include; NightCraft at The Museum of Contemporary Art (SYD), Monsta Gras (SYD), and Department H (TOKYO).

Her film debut Aquaporko!, follows the story of Melbourne’s Fat Femme synchronized swim team and has become a runaway success having won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013 and being selected for programming at 28 major international film festivals to date, such as Inside Out Toronto (CA) and Frameline San Francisco (USA) and London Fringe Fest (UK).

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Additional Choreography Ghenoa Gela
Set & Lighting Geoff Cobham
Costume Design Matthew Stegh
Text Dramaturg Steve Rodgers



A Force Majeure Production.
Commissioned by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks.
Presented in association with Dance Massive 2015.

Photo: Toby Burrows