A series of dance|music|film|story performances that explore what it means to truly belong to a place.
Steve and Hannah reflect on their relationship with the land where they live and on the way Australia’s first people stewarded that land, as seen through the lens of Bill Gammage’s book, “The Biggest Estate on Earth”. In response to Bruce Pascoe’s “Dark Emu”, they explore the incredible innovation witnessed by white explorers: arguably the most successful, sustainable civilisation on earth!
Recently performed and currently installed in the Revive exhibition at QVMAG in Launceston, Kangaroo Traps is a quirky comparison of the convenience, technology and sustainability of Aboriginal food systems and the supermarket aisle. A collaboration with filmmaker Angus Macpherson, this performance has had amazing responses from theatre audiences, art aficionados, educators and students alike!
Our new piece Explorer Stories is currently under construction with Tasmanian visual artist Pamela Horsley and Sydney filmmaker Biz Adams, and will delve into stories of the innovative food systems, sustainable land management and permanent housing that challenged ‘terra nullius’, ‘hunter/gatherer’ and ‘savage’, but didn’t effectually change these white perceptions.
The first of these works, Detangling in Tasmania, draws audiences to consider how we can burn off the undergrowth of fear that inhibits our movement, our voice, our existence… here.
School Interactive Performances and Workshops
This material was important enough for Bill Gammage to spend twenty years writing a book. He continues to speak nationally and internationally. With his endorsement we perform and facilitate creative workshops to help students and communities to get inspired, and own this incredible 60,000 year history of innovation in Australia. Touring NSW, ACT, Vic, Qld, WA and SA in 2017. More info here
These performances have been well received at QVMAG (Launceston, Tas), Colbourne Ave (Glebe, NSW), Annandale Creative Arts Centre, Sydney Fringe dance event Platform Shorts 2014, The Poatina Tree Gallery (Tas), BlackStump Festival (NSW), Riverstone Arts Gathering (Vic), Faith and the Arts Summer School (Tas) and the 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence 2015 in Penguin, Tasmania.
Watch the Kangaroo Traps trailers:
The Becoming Australian Schools Performance trailer:
Drama students at Australian Christian College made the original movement, music/sound and words for this:
Mt Nelson Primary School Yr 5 students
A performance of a new work in progress:
Email or call to discuss Becoming Australian, performances in concerts, theatres, galleries or museums, and workshops for schools and/or communities.