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Signing, dancing and tattooing are a few of the ways that cultures can and do engage with the world using the body as their medium for expression. Reading the Body, hosted in Fed square on Saturday the 16th of June as part of the the Light in Winter Festival, will include a range of performances on this theme.
A woman will be receiving a traditional pacific island tattoo in the celebration of ancestral tattoos and their meanings that is, Rise of the Backbone.
Hindu mudras, a symbolic hand gesture used in traditional Indian dance and in yoga, are connected with the symbolism of traditional aboriginal dance in the performance, Mudra on the Body.
Auslan, the sign language of the Australian deaf community, is used in a piece that translates the stories told by an indigenous elder.
Signing is also used in The Symphony of Signing, a performance involving members of the deaf community, the Anti Racism Action Band, Asanti Dance Theatre and the Massive Hip Hop Choir. Combining Auslan, hip hop, rap and african drum and dance, it takes as it's foundation a poem created by members of the deaf community.