with commissioned essays by Erica McCalman and Jane Howard


APHIDS’ Keynote project for 2019, Exit Strategies, is a performance about mobility, privilege, and ways to disappear. We asked ourselves what it means to leave — personally, politically, globally, historically and through bad mime. As non-Indigenous Australians, if we should leave the country, as women artists if we should give up now. If we should let go of the past, quit yoga, and go underground.

To help us keep asking such questions we invited writers Jane Howard and Erica McCalman into our rehearsal room, to sit with our ideas and to consider what leaving means to them. The accompanying responses were documented through a small publication available at the performance.

Jane Howard is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, and deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation.

Erica McCalman is a Ballardong Noongar woman with Irish Convict, Scottish and Cornish heritage and is a producer, curator and mentor.

Publication designed by Rebecca McCauley.


The accompanying publication can be found online here

Jane’s essay is available online here

Erica’s essay is available online here

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.