13 — 14 and
20 — 21 October
Extra Applause $39.50
Blak Tix $30
Within each of us, three copies of chromosome 21 dance in unison, creating a unique rhythm known as Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. We are 19 performers, each embodying this dance within our DNA. Journey with us as we share our unique capabilities, acknowledge our challenges and celebrate the ways our different-ability enhances life. Conceived and crafted by three creators with Down syndrome, 3-2-1 explores the three intertwined themes of capability, challenge, and enhancement, offering you an unforgettable portrait of our lived experiences.
Through dance, we become more than just performers—we become imagineers and storytellers. Our bodies, imbued with experiences unique to us, are the medium through which these narratives are shared. This approach is not just innovative—it is a subversive act against long-standing norms about who can be a dancer and what kind of dance is deemed worthy. Prepare to experience our most groundbreaking and compelling choreography, as we breathe life into a captivating fusion of contemporary, lyrical, and experimental dance.
We present capability as a kaleidoscope, revealing and enhancing diversity to challenge preconceptions in beautiful and unexpected ways. 3-2-1 is more than a show—it’s a reimagining of dance through the lens of Down syndrome.
This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund.
Friday 13 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm
Friday 20 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 21 October, 7.30pm
Run by the Inclusion Foundation, emotion21 is a pioneering platform that centralises people with Down syndrome as artists and choreographers. With weekly classes across nine Victorian locations, our dance, fitness and creative programs are specifically tailored to the unique learning needs of people with Down syndrome.
We envision a future where people with Down syndrome are not just participants but leaders in the creative sector. Our performance company is a key initiative, boasting 21 creatives with Down syndrome who are shaping the future of dance performance art.
The Magdalen Laundry is wheelchair accessible. Gender diversity is welcome at the Convent, and patrons are welcome to use any restroom that matches their gender identity or expression. There are gender-neutral toilets available within the Magdalen Laundry and gendered toilets available in other locations within the Convent precinct. View the Public Toilet Map to find a bathroom of your preference.
Please note, there is no Auslan interpretator or subtitles for this performance. There are some spoken sections, however the show is primarily dance. The dialogue explores the concepts explained in the program, so no meaning will be lost.