All Ages
Glass Child

Glass Child

Thu 13 - Sat 15 Oct

Glass Child

Glass Child is a poignantly revealing depiction of the sibling relationship between Kayah, a young man with Down Syndrome and his sister Maitreyah. Expressed through dance, theatre and storytelling Glass Child highlights their connection and how their lives have been affected by other people’s perceptions.

The term ‘Glass Child’ refers to the sibling of someone with special needs who often becomes a facilitator in the family, someone who is “looked through”. Kayah is Maitreyah’s oldest brother & was born with Down Syndrome. Throughout their lives Maitreyah has watched him be left out, ridiculed or ignored without understanding why. Glass Child puts a microscope on their love and how their relationship has grown. It questions how the rest of us behave when we find the difference we inevitably look for. It asks us to examine why we search for difference when we share so much in common.

The sibling relationship is best expressed through the words of the lead performers Maitreyah and Kayah Guenther.

'Kayah is a brother of blood, but also a friend I rely on to lift my spirits. Down Syndrome carries many challenges for him, but it gifts him a love that is truly majestic, he sees spiritual beauty in places where I do not, which in itself gives him a strength I will only know through him'
Maitreyah Guenther
'When Maitreyah was a little girl and fell over I would help her up and now she helps me up. I want people to see inside me and Maitreyah, the love, frustration, anger and the flower I have for her.'
Kayah Guenther

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts, The Farm and Performing Lines

Thu 13 - Sat 15 Oct
Theatre 2
All Ages
Adult $29
Child $17
Pensioner $26
Student $17
HOTA Member $25
HOTA Artist Pass $22
Group (6+) $26
Student Group (6+) $15 ea
Thu 13 October - 11:00am
Fri 14 October - 11:00am & 7:30pm
Sat 15 October - 7:30pm
Glass Child has been supported by HOTA Home of the Arts and the City of Gold Coast through HOTA’s Creative Development Program. The Farm is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The Farm is funded by the City of Gold Coast, produced by Performing Lines and is home company at HOTA.


The Farm
The FarmBased on the Gold Coast on the lands of the Yugambeh language groups, The Farm are an award-winning company who have been described as the gateway drug to contemporary dance. Their performances transcend expectations of what dance can be, and how and where it should be viewed.


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