‘a world, with your wound in it’ is a redeveloped solo dance-theatre work from Pacific artist Jahra Rager Wasasala and her collaborators.

The cross-disciplinary work embodies the complex relationship between the earth and the indigenous female form through performance.

The idea of 'possession' serves as a central motif; possession of people, possession of land, possession of language, possession as punishment, possession as a divine act that connects us with the gods.

Within this concept, Jahra explores the realm in-between being a vessel for other voices, traditions and ideologies whilst still attempting to reclaim a human-sense of autonomy over one's possessed physical form.

Utilising the mediums of contemporary dance-based movement, spoken poetic text, unique costuming and featuring visuals from acclaimed Pacific artist Pati Solomona Tyrell, ‘a world, with your wound in it’ is a politically potent multidisciplinary work that explores Pasifka diaspora, boldly dissects the world through a woman’s body, and serves as a ‘translator’ for the daughters and sons of the severed tongues.

The Tempo season of ‘a world, with your wound in it’ has a specific focus on the ‘Free West Papua Movement’ and their fight to end Indonesia’s violent 50-year occupation of West Papua, where the  death toll exceeds 500,000. 


Selected Tempo Festival 2017 shows include special 'Double Deal' ticket price which enables you to catch two festival shows on the same day for a special price. For selected shows that feature on the same day you can get tickets to both for a special price.

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Be one of Tempo Dance Festival’s biggest fans and SAVE!

Buy a 10 Trip Pass for $200 (or $206 when purchased online, this includes the $6 credit card fee) and select 10 shows* across the festival. Use them all yourself or share with family and friends! Depending on what shows you choose you could save up to $110! Using the 10 Trip pass is easy – simply purchase at any time and from Monday 25 September you can use your pass to book your chosen shows by calling (309 9771) or visiting Q Theatre's box office and quoting your 10 Trip Pass Sale ID #.Shows are subject to availability, but we will keep you informed if it looks like any show will sell out before Monday 25 September.