Venue 1 - Papa Tuatahi

Papa Tuatahi is our headlining venue that platforms new and archival dance film created by artists from Aotearoa and beyond. throughout our Putiputi season you will experience a wide range of filmic styles that question and probe societal structures, bring joy through satire, showcase student works and encourage us to look inwards at our own hauora.


Plastic Belly

Courtney Scheu and Itamar Freed

Plastic Belly is a contemporary dance performance by Sunshine Coast-based choreographer Courtney Scheu and visual artist Itamar Freed, created with the support of dramaturge Liesel Zink.

Set to an original sound score by Harel Tsemah, and filmed on the beautiful secluded beach at Third Bay in Coolum, Australia, this work is both visually captivating and deeply sensitive to the current times.

Plastic Belly explores human connection, at a point in history when this topic is more relevant than ever. Recent experiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic have traversed the emotional and mental impact of isolation, the fear of the unknown, and a deep desire for connection.

Plastic Belly will explore the artists’ lived experience of this extraordinary time, navigating the boundaries of a new future and capturing the ever-present tension between the desire for intimacy and the primal need for self-protection.

Choreographer & Performer: Courtney Scheu 

Visual Artist: Itamar Freed 

Performer: Nadia Milford

Original sound and music: Harel Tsemah

Film Director: Rainer Scheu (Create Right)

Cinematographer: Shane Keeffe

Drone operator: Timothy Birch

Dramaturge: Liesel Zink

Collaborating Artist: Chloe Lanham

This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Sunshine Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

1st - 4th Dec
From 1pm on 1st Dec
35 mins
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Itamar Freed and Courtney Scheu are a visual artist and dance artist who collaborate and create work that proposes a certain narrative or fantasy that emerges from a specific site. Freed and Scheu play between reality and its artistic portrayal to create a dream like space. They are creating work across forms in dance, sculpture, video and photography. Their dance work has been presented through Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance 2020 and Horizon Festival 2020. In 2019, Scheu and Freed were Artist in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) within the UNESCO World Heritage Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. They were Artists in Residence in The Crow’s Nest on Chamber’s Island, Australia through the Sunshine Coast Regional Arts Development Fund. Courtney and Itamar also recently got married!