Tuesday, 24 July 2012
14 Australian artists have been working together on an innovative hybrid media project that will be presented for the first time in Goolwa during Kumuwuki, the Regional Arts Australia National Conference program in October 2012.
Their show ‘if there was a colour darker than black I’d wear it‘ brings together live performance, mobile projection, and interactive media in a progressive series of locations around Goolwa and developed over four years. Only six performances – bookings are now open through the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre or online here.
During the show, the audience are taken on a journey that explores an edgy narrative thread, using sound, projection, performance and interactions to overlay illusions and memories over the Goolwa landscape.
The themes resonate within the context of the Kumuwuki conference, which will explore digital cultures/platforms, and new art forms that assist to build resilient people and strong regional communities. These opportunities and challenges at the heart of the conference program are presented in a framework of themes and lenses over three days. The meta theme of resilience is very poignant to regional communities, which this hybrid theatre project explores using art and experience to carry the audience through and beyond a situation of loss.
The Regional Arts National Conference is held in a different regional destination every two years, and in October 2012 the conference ‘part conference, part festival – all art’, will be held in regional South Australia for the first time in 14 years. Over 800 people from across the country who are involved or interested in the arts are expected to converge on Goolwa for the conference and accompanying arts program.
If there was a colour darker than black show will be presented for three nights in Goolwa, for general public viewing. The final three nights will be presented for the Kumuwuki delegates, with a very limited number of public tickets. Conference delegates may book for sessions online at http://www.kumuwuki.org.au/conference_sessions/if_there_was_a_colour_darker_than_black_id_wear_it
This project will be re-presented in 2013 using Mt Gambier South Australia as the basis for the site specific presentation. The work has been supported by Country Arts SA, Australia’s Council Theatre Board and Arts SA’s Major Festival Commission Funding Program, and is presented as a co-production between Rising Damp Youth Performing Arts and Illuminart.