Gathering Ground 2010

Along the streets of Redfern we walk the concrete paths. We walk them from time immemorial. From the physical environment that we now call the Block we track the stories of this timeless journey. The past informs the future, and the future informs the now” (Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, Aboriginal elder)

Over 6 weeks in April and May the broken walls, empty buildings and deserted spaces of the Block, Redfern will be transformed into places of ritual, spectacle, movement and performance, energy, sound and story.

Gathering Ground 2010 Timelessness Past, Present and Future is a multi-art site-specific community performance spectacular celebrating the many inspirational stories and experiences of the local Aboriginal young people, community members and elders of the Redfern/Waterloo communities.

Combining Aboriginal culture with contemporary art forms, local community artists and arts organisations, such as acclaimed aerial and physical theatre company Legs on the Wall, Indigenous puppet company Gracie Productions (Yarramundi Kids), Jannawii Dance Theatre, Trans-Art Women’s Circle and HipHop artists Wire MC and MC ChooChoo, will work together with community to present 3 nights of action packed, sensory overloaded, challenging, confronting and highly entertaining performances from Thursday 27th, Friday 28th andSaturday 29th of May starting at 6.30pm sharp.

In 2006 and in 2008 a combined audience of over 2000 people visited the Block to be part of the Gathering Ground experience. 2010 will be even bigger and better and marks the final instalment of his three- project event spaning six years, as an arts strategy for community cultural development.

Gathering Ground 2010 is all the more special this year because it marks, the re-birth after roughly 25 years of black theatre in Redfern. Not since the famous Black Theatre in the early 80s has Sydney had it’s own Aboriginal theatre company, founded and managed entirely by Indigenous Australians. In following best practice with working in Indigenous communities outlined by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Council protocols, a new Aboriginal performance company, based in Redfern, Moogahlin Performing Arts in partnership with Redfern Community Centre is proud to present Gathering Ground 2010 Timelessness Past, Present and Future, it’s first major performance project with the Redfern/Waterloo communities. Moogahlin is a Bundjalung word meaning playing about’.

So wear something warm and comfortable and join us over three beautiful nights in May when Redfern comes alive in a modern day corroboree of music, dance, theatre and song inviting the world to celebrate and be a part of the stories of our life in the Block.

Artistic Director: Frederick Copperwaite.

Principal Artists: Will Jarrett, Ces Bazzi, Legs on the Wall, B Boys, Gracie Productions, Jannawii Dance Theatre, Colin Kinchella, Tim Bishop, Katherine Beckett, Uncle Max Eulo, Legs on the Wall, Lisa Duff, Trans Art Women’s Circle, Yurungai Dancers, James Saunders, Billy MacPherson and Victoria Hunt.

Project Co-ordinator: Lily Shearer (RCC)

Participating Partners: Redfern Residents for Reconciliation, Eloquera Tony Mundine Gym, Aboriginal Housing Company, PCYC, Babana Mens Groups, Arts Radar, Carriageworks, ACON, The Settlement, Fact Tree Youth Services, South Sydney Youth Services, Waterloo Girls Centre, Mudgin-Gal Women’s Association, Alexandria Park Community School, EORA College, Darlington Public School, Factory Community Centre,

WHERE: The Block, Redfern (Assemble at the top of Everleigh St, next to the Aboriginal Housing Company, across the road from and adjacent to the Redfern Railway Station)

WHEN: Thursday May 27th, Friday May 28th, Saturday May 29th 2010 @ 6.30PM sharp!!

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