Sleeplessness: The Big Anxiety Festival

Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, this performance work-in-progress explores the experiences of three generations of women from 1920s Budapest to Western Sydney today.

Sleeplessness is a fractured matrilineal history that spans time and place, written and performed by interdisciplinary artist Karen Therese, Artistic Director of PYT Fairfield, and produced in collaboration with The National Women’s Arts and Cultural Centre. Therese’s work has been called “Profoundly moving and fiercely ambitious”.

Supported by Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW

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Karen Therese is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up in Mt Druitt in Western Sydney. Her performance practice is focused on community building, and she is also Director of the PYT Fairfield. Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, her new work, Sleeplessness maps a remarkable Australian story, revealing the impact of migration, institutionalisation and transgenerational trauma on families. It explores a fractured matrilineal history that spans time and place, encompassing the experiences of three generations of women from 1920’s Budapest to Western Sydney today.

Studio One is E8 Theatres through Gate 2, High St UNSW. 

Enter Gate 2, High Street and turn right at the roundabout onto Third Ave. We are in the building with the big steps. Enter through the glass sliding doors and down the steps to your left or take the lift. 

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Studio One is an accessible venue. 

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UNSW Creative Practice Lab

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