Aurora guests of Darwin Festival

The Pulse

Tue 17 – Fri 20 Aug, The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre

Gravity and Other Myths along with YAV’s Aurora, brings the hit of the Adelaide Festival 2021 to the NT.

Presented by Darwin Festival and Darwin Entertainment Centre

Gravity & Other Myths, the home-grown circus company that conquered the world, brings together all three of its core ensembles plus a choir of 22 voices for The Pulse.

This pulsing, monolithic work unites audience, acrobat and choir into a single organism for a moment in time.

Watch as a mountain of bodies crumbles into an ocean of voices and towering human structures move with precision through an ever-changing web of ropes and elastic. Geoff Cobham’s sentient lighting design, combined with Darcy Grant’s inspired crowd management and Ekrem Eli Phoenix’s driving score, create an intricate, organic synchronicity of human movement and sound – all to the beat of your own pounding pulse!

The Pulse is packed to the brim with visceral, poetic and heart-stopping feats of strength and agility matched with sublime vocal dexterity. The result is exhilarating.

The Djari Project

Sun 15 Aug, The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre

Share in music and storytelling that bring together Indigenous, Middle Eastern and Classical choral traditions, in an uplifting evening for everyone to enjoy.

The Djari Project is an award-winning collaboration between Galpu songman Guwanbal Gurruwiwi (Galiwin’ku) and composer Netanela Mizrahi. Celebrate the launch of the project’s first album of unique choral and chamber works in Indigenous languages in a concert featuring the Young Adelaide Voices’ Aurora Ensemble directed by Christie Anderson, the Djari Project chamber ensemble and the voice of Guwanbal Gurruwiwi.

In a performance project that works explicitly with the development, performance and teaching of new works in Indigenous languages, The Djari Project highlights the role of the arts and creativity in social justice and a community’s approach to healing. Indigenous languages are underrepresented in Australian youth choral and art Music, even more so repertoire composed by and in partnership with Yolŋu Traditional Owners.

The Djari Project music is a vital addition to Australian cultural heritage. In Guwanbal’s words: “The songs are sacred to Yolŋu people and also non-Aboriginal people. They help us to remember our ancestors, culture and stories. People listen to this language and music and feel moved. They are a mix of Aboriginal and classical music styles, so they introduce new types of music to both Yolŋu people, and people who love Western music too. It’s important that people all over the world can hear Yolŋu and non-Aboriginal people singing in language together. The music brings us together. We pass it on to young people of the future, so that when us old people pass away the traditional songs remain and the next generations will know. This music brings Yolŋu and Western values together; this is our contribution to Reconciliation and Treaty.”

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