Fri 6th to Sat 7th April 8pm



explored the Centenary of Federation within Australia. Federation occurred on the 9th May 1901 when the six Australian colonies joined together under a federal system of government.

began as a collaboration between Koori poet Lisa Bellear, visual artists Sue Callanan and Heidi Knoepfli and composers Eve Duncan, Joseph Giovinazzo and Peter Myers in April 2000. The artists worked intensively over a twelve-month period exploring Federation from multiple perspectives. This intensive process has resulted in an integrated musical, visual and textual experience, which culminated in two performance on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April 2001 at the South Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. combined text, visual art, contemporary classical music and Aboriginal dance as it contemplated Federation.

Lisa Bellear poet
Sue Callanan and Heidi Knoepfli visual artists
Eve Duncan, Joseph Giovinazzo and Peter Myers composers

Conductor: Mark Knoop
Deborah Kayser
Mardi McSullea flute
Peter Neville percussion
Amos Roach didjeridoo
Julia Ryder violincello
Nick Tsiavos double bass
James Wilkinson trombone
A string ensemble from the Australian National Academy of Music
Dancers: Koori Youth Will Shake Spears
Actor: Jim Daly

Creative Producer: Anna Monea
Director: David Symons

gives place to many voices and perspectives in the deliberation of Australia’s nationhood. It is at times harrowing and emotive, sacred and celebratory.

was auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Inc and was generously supported by the Victorian State Government through Centenary of Federation Victoria, and the Community Support Fund under the Victorian Federation Grant Scheme; Myer Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, School of Creative Media, RMIT University, Australian National Academy of Music and Australian Multicultural Foundation. Bay Leaf Catering provided in-kind sponsorship. The web site is hosted by VICNET, a State Government of Victoria initiative through the State Library of Victoria.



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