A group of people, appearing to be in mid-shout, dancing in a dim room lit from the back

Nothing to Lose

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Nothing to Lose follows the fierce, fat, queer cast of Force Majeure’s award winning, groundbreaking dance theatre production of the same name. The film explores the inherent movement potential of the fat body and the relationships the extraordinary cast of the production have with themselves and each other.

The show was a collaboration between Force Majeure’s Artistic Director Kate Champion, an award winning choreographer and dancer, and Kelli Jean Drinkwater, a fat activist and performance artist. The two came together to facilitate the show because they felt a keen lack of representation of queer fat bodies on stage, especially in the world of dance. The documentary follows the cast from their open audition process to the opening of the sold out show at Sydney Festival 2015. The performers, some with no formal dance training, draw upon their lived experiences that have often been defined by their size. Over the course of rehearsals, the cast forms deep ties with one another, and much of the choreography relies on their trust in one another as much as their individual bodies and stories. Through their performances, the dancers confront cultural projections around beauty, sexuality and ability, with unapologetic self love, strength and solidarity.

Director Kelli Jean Drinkwater will be in attendance for a Q&A.

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Preceded by
Dressed for Pleasure
A young disabled woman throws off her over-protective parents in pursuit of her own sexual liberation.

Nothing to Lose | English
Dressed for Pleasure | French with English Subtitles