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bodies that positivity left behind

Deni Todorovič, Sasha Sarago, Tanya Hennessy, April Hélène-Horton aka The Bodzilla & Elly Desmarchelier
Curated by Jamila Rizvi

Over the last 20 years, the ideal body has evolved through different fashions - but is still limited to a narrow norm. Our presenters celebrate the body shapes that still aren't allowed to fit.

In theatre and on Stream | Talks & Ideas

COVID-safe and event information

The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Opera House is our priority. When you return to the Opera House, you will notice some important changes that have been implemented to keep the community safe, which are regularly reviewed and updated in consideration of the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry at all times:

  • Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask;
  • As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage; and
  • Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

Please refer to our updated General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events for detailed information about our ticketing policies. These conditions may change between the time of purchase and the event date. Ticketholders will be contacted directly regarding any changes to their event.

Please check our plan your visit page prior to attending the Opera House for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Multipacks
General public on sale – 9am, Tuesday 17 January

Single Tickets
Insider Member Priority – 9am, Tuesday 17 January
What’s On e-newsletter pre-sale – 9am, Wednesday 18 January
General public on sale – 12pm, Thursday 19 January

Sunday 12 March 2023, 4.45pm

Session runs from 4.45pm - 5.45pm

Standard tickets from $33 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction Save up to 15% with a festival Multipack | Livestream tickets from $15

Ticket Unreserved Seating
Standard
$33
Insider (Save 20% on this performance) $26.40
Multipack Buy 3 - 4 events and save 10%  $29.70
Multipack Buy 5+ events and save 15%  $28.05
Livestream $15
Earlybird livestream festival pass
(available until 1 Feb 2023)
$65
Livestream festival pass $80

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times

The authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House and Vimeo. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

Enjoy the full day of talks online with a Festival Pass ($80 from 1 Feb 2023), or purchase an individual livestream ($15). Purchase here.

This talk runs for approximately 60 minutes (no interval)

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

In English | Auslan interpreted | Closed Captions | Audio loop available & wheelchair accessible

Auslan (GA)
Auslan interpretation service is provided for audiences who are deaf and use Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Experienced Auslan interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the speakers are saying into Auslan. A block of seats is reserved for users of this service to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. If you wish to book tickets and be seated in this area choose the Auslan price type online, call 02 9250 7777 or email bookings@sydneyoperahouse.com

Closed Captions
Captions are text descriptions that display the session's dialogue, identify speakers, and describe other relevant sounds that are otherwise inaccessible to people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Captions will be available via your personal device (phone), to access the captions on your personal device (phone), scan the QR Code on the sign displayed at the entry to the venue.

Find out more about accessibility at Sydney Opera House.

Suitable for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times, and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.


“You cannot appreciate beauty if you cannot recognise it in yourself.”

Sasha Sarago

Wonderfully diverse. Proudly nonconformist. This is real beauty

The body positivity movement went commercial with the Dove Real Beauty campaigns almost twenty years ago. Since then the fashion industry has become more diverse and inclusive - but have we really left behind the white, "heroin chic" look?

Nowadays, brands and magazines that tell us to “love your body” also normalise plastic surgery, #fitspo, and starving yourself thin. And behind it all lies a heap of cultural ideals bursting with racism, ableism, and classism.

So if we’re all body positive now, what happened to those of us who got left behind? Who are the people whose bodies and identities don't conform? In this fabulous and celebratory lineup, five people offer up their personal stories about reclaiming beauty.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

More about...

Sasha Kutabah Sarago (she/her) is a Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman. In 2011, she founded Ascension, Australia’s first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. Sasha’s TEDx talk, ‘The (de)colonising of beauty’, was selected as TED.com 2021 Editor’s Choice. Sasha has featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, 10 Daily, Sydney Morning Herald, and her writing has been published in The Guardian and SBS Voices. Sasha has also written and directed the documentaries Too Pretty to Be Aboriginal and InsideOUT, which premiered at the Melbourne Women’s Film Festival 2020.

Sasha Kutabah Sarago

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Deni Todorovič (they/them) is a queer content creator, author, activist, creative director and podcast host who identifies as non-binary. A former Fashion Editor of Cosmopolitan Australia, they have worked within the global fashion industry for over a decade; at magazines including British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan UK and for luxury brands, Net-a-Porter and Burberry.

As a content creator they have also collaborated with local and international brands ranging from American Express, Fenty Beauty, Levi’s and Sephora to Kmart, Camilla, The Body Shop and The Iconic. They are proudly a part of the global movement to degender fashion, as was displayed through their work as creative and fashion director for the opening show of 2021’s Melbourne Fashion Week.

Deni continues to carve out their own space on social media to inform, inspire and educate their audience around gender identity, pronouns and self-expression via fashion, leading always with the values of empathy, love and kindness. They also host a weekly fashion podcast for the Mamamia network, titled What Are You Wearing? Love This for You is their first book.

 

Deni Todorovic

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As a proud disabled woman, Elly Desmarchelier (she/her) was the national spokesperson for the Defend Our NDIS campaign during the 2022 Federal election. Her fierce advocacy has gained her access to rooms where decisions are made that impact the lives of Australians with disability, such as speaking at the Prime Minister’s 2022 Jobs and Skills Summit.

Appearing on national TV, including The Project, The Drum, Q&A and 7:30, Elly shares her insights and experiences on being a disabled woman in modern society. Her writing has been featured in national publications such as Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and the ABC.

Elly is featured in the National Archives of Australia exhibition: Disrupt, persist, invent: Australians in an ever-changing world for her advocacy work, particularly on the Defend Our NDIS campaign. She was also a finalist in the Marie Claire’s 2022 Women of the Year Awards.

Fuelling her advocacy, Elly is determined to create change for the 1 in 5 Australians with disability and believes that’s only possible if people with disability have a seat at the table.

Elly Desmarchelier

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April Hélène-Horton aka The Bodzilla (she/her) is all about fat joy - a passionate advocate for intersectional experiences, she’s a noted MC and keynote speaker who gives people the confidence to take up the space they deserve. Her sense of fun translates through to her fashion where she is a literal rainbow of fabulous fashion.  

In 2021, she led the way as Australia’s first truly plus-size models to appear in a bikini on a billboard and was part of a national three-part TV series asking what Australia really thinks about disability, old people and obesity.

She champions racial equity, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, sex positivity and fat liberation. A full-time communications gig keeps her busy; in the past, she’s had a finger in a number of pies across advertising, social media and production of music videos, commercial shoots and film.

In 2023, her mission is to continue bringing conversations about authentic diversity, inclusion and privilege to everyday life.

 

Elly Desmarchelier

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A multi-media star in the true sense – Comedian, radio announcer, TV presenter, bestselling author, social media sensation, professional clown and stilt-walker, Tanya Hennessy (she/her) is a prolific creator whose engaging and comedic take on the every day has built a worldwide following. Most recently Tanya launched two podcasts through the NOVA network – Hennessy’s Hotline and Mediocre, has a comedy script in development and is working on a documentary.

Elly Desmarchelier

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Jamila Rizvi (she/her) is the Deputy Managing Director of Future Women. She is a best-selling author for adults and children, a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and co-host of The Briefing podcast. Jamila previously advised the Australian Government on gender equality, childcare, media, and employment. She has been named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and is a 2020 Women and Leadership Australia award winner. Jamila is a board member of the Wheeler Centre and an ambassador for PLAN International and the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation. She lives and works on Wurundjeri country.

Flex Mami

Catch the livestream

A selection of ten talks at All About Women will be livestreamed from our stages in 2023, meaning you can catch keynote talks from Bikini KillJennette McCurdyGrace Tame and so many more even if you can't make it to the House on the day.

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There's so much more...

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jennette mccurdy: i'm glad my mom died

jennette mccurdy

In this Australian exclusive conversation, Jennette dives into her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her mother—and how she retook control of her life.

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goodbye girlboss

flexmami & jamila rizvi, moderated by jan fran

We know what it's like to lean in, but maybe it's time to lean back? Join FlexMami & Jamila Rizvi, moderated by Jan Fran, as they chat about the next generation of feminists putting the girlboss to bed.

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finding love in a hopeless place

rosie waterland, brooke blurton & nakkiah lui

A close look at the reality of reality TV dating shows with Rosie Waterland, Brooke Blurton & Nakkiah Lui. Why do we love them? And can this guilty pleasure stand up to the values of inclusivity and healthy relationships?

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

Frequently asked questions 

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

Ticket purchases and collection at our Box Office is discouraged and eTicket or postal delivery methods should be used, wherever possible. However, if you are collecting your tickets from the Box Office, we recommend doing this at least 60 minutes before the event starts. If you have already received your tickets, the venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Please take your seats as soon as you arrive. 

If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In accordance with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

Will there be food and beverages available for purchase in the venue?

Foyers will be open 90 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars.

The venue doors will be open 45 minutes pre-show for Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 30 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances.

Please bring a credit or debit card for any on site purchases to enable contactless payment. You’re welcome to bring your own water bottle but no other food and drinks are permitted inside our venues. Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside are also available for you to enjoy.

Can I smoke at the Opera House?

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at the Sydney Opera House is our top priority. In line with this commitment, the Opera House will become a smoke-free site from Saturday 1 January 2022.
  • By becoming a smoke-free site, the Opera House seeks to reduce exposure to harmful second-hand smoke, as well as minimise the impact of smoking on the environment, including litter and pollution of the surrounding marine environment. 

Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 safety measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of everyone on site, and we are closely following NSW Health guidelines and advice. The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government. For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you when visiting, please see our plan your visit page.

What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

As you move around the Opera House, practise physical distancing (1.5 metres whenever possible) and follow the guidance provided by our staff and signage.

Within venues, always take your allocated seat.

For detailed information about our COVID-19 safety measures and what’s required of you, please see our plan your visit page.

Do I need to be vaccinated to visit the Sydney Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Am I required to wear a mask?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

How are you managing contact tracing? 

Contact information is required when making a booking with us and upon arrival at the Opera House, as set out in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Attendance at Events and our Customer Privacy Statement.

As the ticket purchaser, you are responsible for recording the contact details of your guests. Contact information will only be used for the purposes of contact tracing, if required, and will be deleted at least 28 days after your event.

frequently asked questions – livestreams

How do I watch the livestream?

  1. Purchase a livestream ticket. Livestreams are watched through the Sydney Opera House's streaming platform, Stream
  2. We recommend you sign in to Stream at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the livestream to ensure you log in smoothly and aren’t experiencing any issues. 
  3. Once you’ve signed in, navigate to the Stream event webpage where you purchased the ticket, by searching the event title in the search function. You will also receive an email notification ahead of the livestream commencing, with a direct link to this same web page where you’ll watch.
    Note - Depending on the livestream, you may find two livestream options in your purchase. An accessible livestream option may appear, which includes both closed captions and Auslan interpretation. 
  4. The livestream will begin playing automatically or shortly after the designated start time on the Stream event web page. 
  5. You will have a chance to re-watch the livestream for an indicated length of time, which will be made available on your Stream account following the event. Note, the archived recording will be available approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the livestream.

Can I watch the livestream on any device?

The Stream app is now here! Turn your living room into a theatre or watch on the go. The Stream app allows you to livestream from wherever you are. Alternatively, watch the livestream from your preferred browser. 

How to use the Stream app:

  1. Create a free Stream account here.

    To be first in the know when new Stream releases are announced, be sure to tick the box to confirm you’re interested in receiving ‘newsletters and product updates from Stream - Sydney Opera House’.

  2. To watch on a TV or an Apple phone or tablet, download the Stream app from the Apple Store. To watch on an Android phone or tablet, download the app from Google Play.  

  3. Open the Stream app and tap ‘Sign In’.

  4. Start watching on any device!

Can I share my livestream account with a friend?

You can only watch livestreams on one device at any one time.

Can I use my Sydney Opera House account login when purchasing a livestream ticket?

The streaming platform is managed by our platform partner Vimeo. You will need to create a seperate account on the streaming platform to purchase a livestream ticket.

Once I have watched the livestream, can I watch it again later?

A recording of the livestream will be available to watch on your account for 3 days following the event. Note, the archive recording will be available approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the livestream.

What happens if there is a technical issue with the livestream?

The quality of your live playback experience is largely dependent on the download speed you have from ISP (Internet Service Provider) or mobile provider. Keep in mind that your overall Internet speed can vary depending on many factors, including but not limited to: time of day, Wi-Fi performance, other devices/users utilizing your connection, and the strength of the signal provided by your ISP.

Visit the Help section of our streaming platform at https://stream.sydneyoperahouse.com/help to troubleshoot your issue. 

You may also wish to verify that you are using a supported web browser - you can find a list of supported browsers here.

If you have continue to have issues with the livestream during the duration of the event, note you will be able to watch a recording of the Livestream via your account for 30 days following the festival.  

If your issue persists, please contact Support at https://stream.sydneyoperahouse.com/contact/support.  

Note, support is managed by our streaming platform partner Vimeo.