Body of Knowledge

Samara Hersch & Company

Body of Knowledge 23 Feb, 9pm | 24 – 26 Feb, 6pm & 9pm Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts $50
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‘Hersch’s art is powerful, visceral, and profoundly imaginative.’


‘A captivatingly simple yet complex piece.’


Presented in association with PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts & WA Youth Theatre Company

You're invited to join a conversation. A conversation between different generations that questions our assumptions about the body.

Body of Knowledge is an intimate work performed by teenagers who call into the theatre on mobile phones. In a powerful meditation on age and change questions of boundaries, sexuality, pleasure, shame, pain, consent, ageing, grief and death are all on the table as teens chat with the audience in real time from their bedrooms. 

Power is re-organised and re-imagined. The teacher and the student, the adult and the child, the performer and the audience, begin to shift and entangle. At the direction and instigation of the young telephone callers, we’re given an immersive and deeply pleasurable glimpse into the sights and sounds of Generation Z.

Body of Knowledge is a surprising, curious and tender experience exploring how we pay attention (or not) to our own and others’ bodies co-existing across generations.

Lead Artist
Samara Hersch
Maria Rößler
Creative Technologist
Fred Rodrigues and Tilman Robinson
Artistic Associate
Cassandra Fumi
Set Designer
Belle Santos
Lighting Designer
Jen Hector
Freya Waterson
Artistic Advisors
Mette Ingvartsen and Edit Kaldor

And a team of extraordinary young people from across Western Australia

Samara Hersch – Creator & Director

Samara is an artist and theatre director based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Amsterdam, whose practice explores the intersection of contemporary performance and community engagement. She recently completed her Masters at Das Theatre in Amsterdam. Her current research is an exploration into public acts of intimacy through imagining new artistic frames for non-professional performers and audiences to inhabit. Samara focuses on critical trans-generational dialogue with an enquiry into conversation as performance. She is currently an artist in residence at Theatre Rotterdam and is part of the EU Network; ACT; Art Climate Transition. She is a winner of the Green Room Award for Best Contemporary and Experimental Performance 2017 and recipient of the ZKB Patronage Prize and Audience Prize, Theater Spektakle Zurich 2019.

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Time & Location

23 – 26 Feb

23 Feb, 9pm | 24 – 26 Feb, 6pm & 9pm Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Northbridge / Yandilup



    • Adult: $50
    • Concession: $45
    • Friend: $45
    • Student: $45

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  • Body of Knowledge is wheelchair accessible and involves listening and some physical tasks. Tasks may be modified for accessibility requirements. Please contact the venue directly to discuss any access requirements ahead of booking - [email protected].au

Event Information

Suitable for ages 18+

Latecomers not admitted

Body of Knowledge contains adult themes and involves participation, some physical tasks and at some point an invitation to sit down on a low reclining surface.

The performance takes place via mobile phone. On arrival attendees hand over their mobile phone or supply ID (Driver’s Licence or passport) to receive a mobile phone to use during the show. Further instructions provided at the performance.

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Production Image

  • Robert Catto

Promotion Image

  • Pier Carthew


  • Co-commissioned by SICK! Festival, Manchester and Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Performance Space, Sydney. Realised in the framework of the European Project Be SpectACTive! and funded by Australia Council for the Arts

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