Jasmin Sheppard performs the solo dance piece, Choice Cut, that presents the body of an Indigenous woman and puts it under a butcher’s marker. There are the most desirable sections, such as the rump, the womb, the breasts, her skin. There are those she feels many would prefer thrown in the pile of off-cuts – her mind, her spirit, her country.
The Blak woman’s body presents a metaphor for the way our country has been divided. Cut up into foreign states, our countries and our people were separated into stockpiles of land: the most desirable and the disfavoured.
Jasmin is a dancer and choreographer who has previously performed for Bangarra Dance Theatre, and is now an independent artist.