NORPA at ArtState
Just us for the premiere of our new work, Djurra, coinciding with ArtState 2017.
A pinhole of light emerges from the darkness. A mother calls her broken son home on the waves. Something is coming. The spirits lament. We speak our eulogies and bite our tongues against the insatiable rage.
We are still here. We remember those whose shoulders we have stood upon.
Regeneration begins; held in the mouth of our stories.
Djurra is NORPA’s new dance theatre work inspired by a Bundjalung creation story. Woven from the story veins of a timeless culture, and contemporary experience, Djurra is told through a series of interwoven vignettes. Using strong physicality, powerful First Nation monologues and striking imagery, Djurra is an unforgettable experience that will resonate with audiences long after they leave the theatre.
Wednesday 29 November—Saturday 2 December
Read more about Djurra.
norpa artists and staff speaking
Panel — Regional Creative Practice
Friday 1 December, 9:45am – 10:45am
Julian Louis, Artistic Director, NORPA
Cate McQuillen, Creative Producer, Director & Writer, mememe productions
Leigh Carriage, Musician
Gavin Webber, co-Artistic Dirctor, The Farm
Moderator: Stephen Champion, Director, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Panel — First Nations Creatives
Friday 1 December, 11:50am – 12:50pm
Kirk Page, Associate Director, NORPA
Mariaa Randall, Dancer & Choreographer
Karla Dickens, Artist
Moderator: Sharni Jones, Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection, Australian Museum
norpa associate artists developing new works
Performance – State of Play
NORPA’s Studio is interested in creating performance that mixes form, is brave and playful, and at times absurd. Get the first taste of two new works being created in the Studio by two of NORPA’s Associate Artists. A blistering match up about the mundane, both works prove what fertile ground the Northern Rivers is for emerging and established artists. Each work will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team, hosted by NORPA’S Artistic Director Julian Louis.
1/15 Ross Street
Saturday 2 December, 3.45pm – 4.30pm
A dance duet set in an iconic Australian beachside backyard. This new work explores two women´s intimate realms. It is the suburban mundane as poetic surrealism.
Director: Viviane Frehner
Choreographer/Performer: Viviane Frehner, Kimberly McIntyre
Dramaturg: Kate McDowell
Sound Designer: James Brown
Musician: Barry Hill
2 (Duet, Pair, Couplet, Fellow, Couple, Dual, Dyad, Twain, Distich, Twosome, Brace, Duad, Span, Yoke, Mate)
Saturday 2 December, 4.30pm – 5.15pm
A new physical theatre work that explores dualism, co-dependence and intimacy. Our relationships to others stress and service our needs as humans. This work will look at how simple relationships get complex over time between two people. Whether in harmony or binary opposition our closest relationships surprise, delight and confound us.Join us for a voyeuristic romp into the inexhaustible allure of 2.
Director: Darcy Grant
All NORPA at Artstate events are at Lismore City Hall.