How do we navigate a world in flux?
What do the voices of First Nations artists, who have collectivelyexperienced a cataclysm, tell us about the way forward?
PRECARITIES is a hybrid deep listening experience featuring some ofAustralia's best First Nations artists working in the fields of music andspoken word, in its world premiere season.
The beating heart of this deeply resonant and stridently political sonicartwork is the possum skin drum, tuned to the urgent sound of one ofShakespeare's most quoted soliloquys - translated into Wiradjuri.
PRECARITIES combines blackfella-style cabaret, music for solo violin andrapid-fire spoken word with performances by comedian Steven Oliver, poet andactivist Lorna Munro, rapper DOBBY (aka Rhyan Clapham), violinist Eric Averyand singer-songwriter Ancestress, curated by sound artist, radio broadcasterand journalist Daniel Browning.
One thing: this is no typical Blak Box - we go live and external, bringingour artists together for two nights in active collaboration in a real-life echochamber of the Cutaway, lit with soft amber and sky blue by lighting designerKaren Norris.
2-3 September 2022
Daniel Browning: Curator and Creative Producer (2022 creative development)
Travis De Vries: Creative Producer (2021 creative development)
Karen Norris: Lighting Designer
Eric Avery: Violin
Lorna Munro: Vocals/ Percussion
Steven Oliver: Vocals/ Guitar
Daniel is host of RN's The Art Show. Since majoring in painting at university, Daniel has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, and sound artist. He has been with the ABC since 1994, having worked across news and current affairs, including a stint as triple j's news director. The Bundjalung and Kullilli man presented RN's Awaye! for many years and leads the ABC's Indigenous Radio Unit.
Eric Avery is a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr artist. As part of his practice Eric plays the violin, dances and composes music. Working with his family’s custodial songs he seeks to revive and continue on an age-old legacy – continuing the tradition of singing in his tribe – utilising his talents to combine and create an experience of his peoples culture.
Eric is currently engaged dancing with Marrugeku and has previously had a mentorship at The Australian Ballet (predominantly in Movement Education) and studied dance at NAISDA Dance College. An avid violinist Eric started learning classical music by “ear” when he was 11 and continued on to train at Newtown Performing Arts and and then the Australian Institute of Music. He combines his skills on the violin to perform classical music and create new contemporary music expressing his Koori (NSW Aboriginal) heritage.
Lorna Munro, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary.
Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study. He has worked with numerous theatre companies, festivals and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s Logie/AACTA nominated sketch comedy show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer.
Rhyan Clapham (DOBBY) is a Hip Hop artist and drummer. Aged 24, he has completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, and a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Brewarrina, NSW.
DOBBY is a skilled composer and is the 2017 recipient of the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for a variety of events such as BIG SOUND Festival, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, 4Elements Hip Hop Festival, UNSW corporate and academic functions, Koori Radio events, and at numerous NAIDOC celebrations across Australia. DOBBY is also a rapper and drummer for Sydney band Jackie Brown Jr in various events and festivals such as Wollombi Music Festival, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, and Psyfari Festival.
Teila Watson is a Birri Gubba and Kungalu/Gangalu Murri woman born and raised in Brisbane. An established performing artist – singer, poet and lyricist (known as ‘Ancestress’), 25 year-old Teila is also a writer, actor and youth arts professional. Her respect and understanding of Murri knowledges, First Nations self-determination, and the preservation of culture, informs her artistic endeavours and fuels her many passions.
Teila’s art practices revolve around: climate change; decolonising to create sustainable futures; the impact that First Nations knowledges and practice has on country and people; and consequently the importance of Land Rights and First Nations sovereignty when considering environmental and social issues.
Steven Oliver by Rhett Hammerton
PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
This work is commissioned by the NSW Government
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body