Nothing to Lose

Commissioned by Sydney Festival and Carriageworks
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.

In her final work as Force Majeure’s 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: 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 & Music Curator
Kelli Jean Drinkwater

Kelli Jean Drinkwater is an artist, performer and filmmaker recognised internationally for her work in radical body politics. The main focus of her creative practice is to critique society’s perceptions of people of size and to encourage a diverse, body positive visibility. Always challenging and often confrontational, her work aims to investigate the complex and taboo. 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 at events for the likes of AntiSocial (UK) and Duckie (UK). She is a resident artist with The Glitter Militia performance collective (SYD). Most recent performances include NightCraft at the Museum of Contemporary Art (SYD), Tableau Vivant for Underbelly Arts Festival (SYD), MonstaGras (SYD) and Department H (TOKYO).

Her film directing debut Aquaporko! won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2013, and has been in the official selection for 38 major international film festivals to date including Inside Out Toronto (CA), Frameline San Francisco (USA) and London Fringe Fest (UK).

Kelli Jean is currently in production on a collaborative documentary film based on Nothing to Lose due for release in 2015.

Set & Lighting Design 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.


Premiered at Sydney Festival 21-24 January 2015.
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Photo: Toby Burrows