Francesca d’Ath is a cross-disciplinary artist, performer, writer, & designer, coming from dance, choreography, and a bit of sex work, a queer trans femme immigrant, multiethnic and Muslim-ish, living in Berlin via Australia, Aotearoa, Canada, South Africa.
She is a practitioner and theorist of movement and physicality, who works across multiple practical and theoretical disciplines, who relates selfhood and self-experience to and against the dominant cultural defaults of physically active ‘bodies’.
She was born and grew up first in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on land of the Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The child of a Pakeha mother from Wellington, Aotearoa, and a Muslim father from Johannesburg, South Africa, she then lived in Aotearoa, in Wellington, the iwi of Te Āti Awa, and Auckland, the iwi of Ngāti Whātua. She moved to Australia, training at Victoria College of the Arts in Naarm / Melbourne on Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung land of the Kulin Nation. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
She works across dance, theatre, installation and performance, photography, film, text, and digital art. Identity (self, personal, collective, historical) forms a primary background to her work, as does training, physical labour, endurance, suffering, and discipline, in particular ballet, cyclocross, and rock climbing.
When not working in theatre, Francesca reads and writes, with an emphasis on feminine, and trans people’s selfhood and representation, particularly for those with a multiethnic, migration and Muslim heritage.