Metro Arts and Mad Dance House present a Creative Development Showing of


By Lydia Kivela

When you wear a different mask for everyone you meet, life is a performance that never ends.

Centered around the experiences of a young non-binary artist and their journey to self discovery, The Sad Clown follows different characters and the personalities they create to survive and “find” themselves.

Using dance to explore and highlight the constant battle between the internal and external, this piece aims to highlight just how “out of hand” attempting to conform to social standards can get. It also touches on the importance of finding, harnessing and celebrating the ever existing synergy between feminine and masculine energy.


Sat 18 Jun




The Studios
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $10.00 plus booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 – $0.80 per ticket purchased


Approximately 75 minutes. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.


Recommended for ages 18+. Contains some coarse language, haze, and sexual references.

IMAGE CREDIT: Katrina Laurea


Lydia Kivela
Lydia Kivela is an Australian/Indonesian dancer and performer who specialises in freestyle movement. Their mesmerising style consists of influences pulled from their Indonesian culture, embodiment of emotions, inner character monologues and their celebration of masculine and feminine energies. They are a part of the street and ballroom (vogue) community and their work exists in both live performances, digital and commercial spaces across Australia. Lydia uses their unique style to encourage others to find theirs and has worked in collaboration with the likes of Soft Centre, Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the grass, Bad Olive, Nike and Footlocker.


This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Metro Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Metro Arts is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. The Emerging Producer XChange is supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.













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