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Poem for a dried up river : Sydney Festival 2021
- Date: Wednesday, 6 January 2021 to Sunday, 10 January 2021, Wed 6 - Fri 8: 6pm | Sat 9 & Sun 10: 3pm
- Venue: Carriageworks — 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW
- Series: This event is part of the Sydney Festival 2021 series
- Tickets: Adult: $39 | Concession: $34 (plus booking fee) — Tickets can be purchased online
Struggle, exertion – where does it first show up in the body? In the breath. And that’s how Jane Sheldon’s poem for a dried up river begins: in summer darkness with the sounds of breathing floating over chirping cicadas. Gradually two sopranos emerge from the soundscape, their labour divided – instrument and words.
This riveting performance melds opera, poetry, physical theatre and art installation in a mesmerising, unique combination. Alice Oswald’s text about a figurine of a naiad trying to coax water from a bed of limestone ‘unfolds like a cry of environmental despair’. Sheldon’s exquisite palette of musical colours plays on contrasts: dry and wet, weak and strong, barren and fecund. Elizabeth Gadsby’s powerful installation mirrors the nymph’s exertions with the unrolling of a 200kg path of clay.
Jane Sheldon reunites with Sydney Chamber Opera for another collaboration filled with detail and nuance, and a profound sense of connection.
Runtime: 35 mins
Music Jane Sheldon
Text Alice Oswald
Installation Elizabeth Gadsby
Conductor Jack Symonds
Sound Designer Benjamin Carey
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Choreographer Danielle Micich
Featured Australian Works
|Poem for a dried up river by Jane Sheldon — World premiere|
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