Topology, Davidson, Robert, Southern Cross Soloists, Chariton, Lafe, McDonald, Roxanne and Grandage, Iain (2008) Taken. New Farm, QLD, Australia, Brisbane Powerhouse.

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Author Topology
Davidson, Robert
Southern Cross Soloists
Chariton, Lafe
McDonald, Roxanne
Grandage, Iain
Title Taken
Place of publication New Farm, QLD, Australia
Publisher Brisbane Powerhouse
Publication date 2008-05-20
Total pages 1 Musical performance
Language eng
Subject 190407 Music Performance
2102 Curatorial and Related Studies
190406 Music Composition
Live Performance of Creative Work - Music
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Join Topology, Southern Cross Soloists and actors Lafe Charlton and Roxanne McDonald as they unite to perform Taken; then journey into the heart of Spinifex country with West Australian composer and cellist Iain Grandage.

We’ve had the national apology, and now the real work begins. Reconciliation includes remembering our past. And remembering means listening. In this beautiful collaboration, Topology listens to the voices of Indigenous Australia as they perform Taken, by composers Robert Davidson and Paul Dean, to accompany stories from the Bringing Them Home report and interviews with Aunty Ruth Hegarty. Aunty Ruth tells stories of separation from her mother at the Cherbourg Mission, as told in her award-winning book, Is that you Ruthie?.

In a heartfelt account of his collaboration with Spinifex Elders (as shown in the documentary film Ooldea), cellist Iain Grandage will then perform Inma Kutju (First Song). Played against a recorded chorus of the finest male voices of the Great Victorian Desert, Inma Kutju (First Song) features a soaring cello line reminiscent of Tavener’s Protecting Veil. Iain will also premiere a new work for Topology, Mirra Mirra Tjara, also with the prerecorded voices of the elders, that further explores his travels through Spinifex land and culture.  

Please Note: This event was formally named Inma Jtuta (Many Songs).
Additional Notes Language: Western Desert language, Ooldea dialect of the Spinifex Elders.

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