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A free event celebrating South-Western Sydney life through huge outdoor video projections
8pm, Thursday 12th December 2013
Liverpool Library Forecourt – 170 George Street, Liverpool
What do chanting football fans, jostling fruit markets, solemn ceremony and joyous dance all have in common? On any given day in South-Western Sydney all of this is happening, side by side.
South-Western Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. Walk down one of our streets and you may pass by every ancestry on the planet. How do these communities celebrate? How do they work, play and travel?
This is what Ritual investigates and presents: the glorious diversity held within a single day of regular, South Western Sydney life.
From the graf at the Powerhouse silos to the fruit markets in Cabramatta. From a traditional Mandaean ceremony to the chants of a Wanderers game on home ground. In Ritual, the people and places of our community will be showcased at large, through a number of huge video projections, cast against the tall walls of Liverpool Library in the Liverpool CBD.
Dig deeper, and you’ll find that Ritual also celebrates the success of CuriousWorks’ long-term community program in the area. The show pulls together video material shot over six years of working with communities in South Western Sydney. It features footage from a huge array of Western Sydney locals – from professional filmmakers to school students to cultural leaders that are coming up through the company’s ongoing community arts program.
As the company’s Artistic Director, S. Shakthidharan states, “Ritual is one of those rare events for CuriousWorks where we get to celebrate the company as a whole. South-Western Sydney is just brimming with young talent and this is an opportunity for our artists to collaborate with local cultural leaders, unearthing their stories and their perspectives, and showcasing it loudly and proudly on a large-scale platform in their own CBD.”
Ritual is a 45 minute audiovisual show. It’s on for one night only, at 8pm on Thursday December 12, 2013 in the Liverpool Library forecourt. The visuals are supplemented by a world music score, swaying from global talent in the world music scene to tracks by brilliant local Western Sydney musicians.
Ritual is an initiative of CuriousWorks; funded by Arts NSW and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
CuriousWorks is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Katherine McLean.
Katherine comes to CuriousWorks with a deep love for story and a belief in long-term community empowerment. “I have always admired CuriousWorks. By my reckoning, CuriousWorks is one of Australia’s most outstanding professional artistic companies. Their deep community engagement model combined with extraordinary, meaningful, multi-layered and interdisciplinary live arts experiences is my ideal company to work with. I very much look forward to building on their strong foundations into the next stage of the company’s development.”
Over the last 15 years, Katherine has built a career as a producer and manager in the arts, non-profit, community and cultural development sectors, with a proven track record of producing high quality and reputable work that supports artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes.
Most recently, as CEO/General Manager of Barking Gecko Theatre Company, she was able to put her experience of the arts into a national and international context, building the profile of the company, engaging new audiences and building the organisation’s financial and operational capacity. Katherine has worked in a range of different roles within the arts and community sectors including Abbotsford Convent Foundation, UNIMA World Puppetry Congress, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Performing Lines WA, Australian Performing Arts Centre Association (APACA) and has assisted numerous small to medium organisations with business and strategic planning.
Katherine is a proven leader and industry developer and has acted in numerous governance roles including Councilor on the Performing Arts Touring Alliance (PATA), Secretary and Member of the Executive of Country Arts WA, Surfrider Foundation Australia and the City of Melbourne’s Community Cultural Development Advisory Panel.
Katherine now comes to CuriousWorks perfectly placed to lead the organisation through its next stage of development. Over the next five years CuriousWorks is poised to produce a number of key, large-scale performance and film works, in partnership with some of the country’s key cultural institutions; further deepen its relationships with communities and better evaluate its considerable social impact; and make significant cultural impact through its work at a national and sector level. Throughout this process, Katherine will focus as CEO on company leadership, business development, relationship development and brand management.
Founder and current CEO S. Shakthidharan will stay on as CuriousWorks’ Artistic Director. It will be the first time in the company’s history that a director will be enabled to focus full-time on the creation of its key artistic works. Shakthi says, “Over the last eight years CuriousWorks has gone from being a tiny start up to an established arts organisation. Katherine’s diverse range of experience is a perfect match for the company’s needs as it embarks on this next, rather exciting phase of development. I’m thrilled that Katherine will be joining our team and very much look forward to working closely with her, ensuring the artistic and business development of the company grow hand in hand.”
CuriousWorks is releasing an album of songs from its most recent production, The Other Journey.
Lush, immersive and reflective, The Other Journey EP casts four beautiful songs that will take you across the face of the world and back home again.
The EP’s downtempo, global sound is inspired by the personal reflections of families that fled Sri Lanka’s civil war in the ’90s and ’00s and built a new life for themselves in Sydney, Australia. The opening Sea Song tells of a watery voyage and submersion; Sky Song wonders at the children and what they’ll remember; Sun Song celebrates the joy of being smitten by a new country; and Dust speaks of acceptance – of finally finding the space to grieve for those who were lost along the way.
Kurinji’s debut release also marks the arrival of the remarkable Aimée Falzon – her gorgeous vocals call out across Shakthi’s evocative sound beds, wrapping the listener up in a warm, silken embrace.
To celebrate the release, The Other Journey EP is available with a limited edition run of gorgeous printed bird art. You can also choose to take home just the physical or digital album.
The Other Journey EP
released 07 March 2013
All songs by Kurinji (Aimée Falzon and Shakthidharan Sivanathan)
Produced by Shakthidharan Sivanathan
Mastered by Kathy Naunton
Tabla (Sea Song): Stephan Kantharajah
Bass (Sea Song, Sky Song): Marc Chee
The Other Journey is part of The Lanka Project – a long-term, creative collaboration between CuriousWorks and Australia’s Sri Lankan community. Visit http://lankaproject.net/ to find out more.
Zameen: a documentary pulls you into the heart of a remote Indian community fighting for its way of life.
In 2011 a group of artists from Australia and India journeyed deep into India’s Narmada Valley. They met and lived with communities that are gradually being submerged due to large scale dam development in their region. To date over 30 million people have been internally displaced, and the resulting Indigenous activist movement – the Narmada Bachao Andolan – has become one of the most successful and sophisticated in contemporary history.
Zameen: a documentary is the companion piece to a contemporary dance work of the same name. This work is currently touring to Sydney for its Parramasala festival.
The show is on at:
5pm Sunday 6th October
3pm Monday 7th October
You can book your tickets at riversideparramatta.com.au/show/zameen/ .
UPDATE: In response to questions about donating to the communities in the Narmada, unfortunately they do not accept international donations on principle (and due to legal complications). However you can donate to The Dam(n) Project for this purpose and we will reserve 100% of these funds for the community to use as they wish.
You can donate to the project securely through here: thedamnproject.com/archives/projects/zameen-a-documentary . You are welcome to specify what your donation goes to – whether it be the NBA movement, Jeevanshala education, grassroots community arts and education workshops with the communities, or further artistic outcomes to spread awareness. Please stipulate at least the “The Damn Project”, followed by further specifications, in your donation.
Zameen: a documentary
Director/Cinematographer: S. Shakthidharan
Sound Composition: Leah Barclay
Producer: Jehan Kanga
Performers: Meghna Nambiar, Sylvester Mardi, Ronita Mookerji, Attakkalari Dancers
Editor: S. Shakthidharan
Camera and Sound Assistant: Jehan Kanga
Zameen is a partnership between CuriousWorks, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Jehan Kanga, Leah Barclay and S. Shakthidharan. It is the first major outcome from The Dam(n) Project.
There are a few things that separate the arrival of Maria and Zahoor at Villawood: ten years, a few policy reforms and two very large fences.
“For Australia to become like this – to have Villawood transformed into that is painful.” – Maria
A well-known end point and starting point for those who leave their country seeking asylum in Australia is Villawood Detention Centre – formerly known as Villawood Hostel. Two women who were faced with the choice to flee share their story with their sons.
Release: October 2010
Location: Villawood Detention Centre, Western Sydney
Producers: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
Directors: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
1st Assistant Director: Alan Lao
Directors Photography: Guido Gonzalez and Saif Jari
Editor: Anna Lam
Sound (Shoot): Shane MacDonald
Sound (Post) and Music: Saif Jari
Production Assistant: Lazare Nyembo
The Stories Project
Creative Director: Shakthidharan
Producer: Eleanor Winkler
Mentors: Elias Nohra & Platon Theodoris
The Stories Project is presented by CuriousWorks.