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Alicia Battestini

MERRIGONGX Artist Profile


Alicia Battestini is a Wollongong based performer and director of physical theatre. She performed, directed, and toured with Circus Monoxide for 11 years; and she has performed with Merrigong Theatre Company, Legs on the Wall, and at the Sydney and Perth Festivals. She continues to make and collaborate on physical theatre in the region.  

Artist Statement

“This work was originally devised with my friend and collaborator Vestri Mendum. Conceived as a double-act by two generations of circus performers, it told the story of Elsie, a brilliant young person who battles daily with anxiety and depression. Vestri played Elsie and I played the characters around her – real and imagined. After losing my collaborator, this show never-finished is now Elsie for Vestri; a bare-bones homage to a dear friend and much-loved local circus artist – a young and proud gay man who was unapologetically vulnerable, virtuosic with his body, and fierce when he loved.” Alicia Battestini 


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