Nadia will be developing a new solo work during ArtKeeper that unpacks her complex family history through the remarkable story of her great grandmother, a Lebanese princess turned Australian migrant.
The residency will be a process of finding her voice and telling her story - growing up in rural Queensland as a Lebanese/white Australian, trying to make sense of her identity and connection to place. Working with a selection of mentors, Nadia will begin crafting a show spanning theatre, dance and song. She’ll conduct historic and family research to reveal the intimate stories that form the Australia we know today - both its darkness and light. A melting pot of colonisation, immigration, patriarchy and prejudice yet endurance, love, family and community.
The name Nadia, which she shares with her great grandmother, means ‘hope’. This message underpins the inspiration for the work - a hopeful vision of unity through understanding.