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The Black Arm Band : Dirtsong


The Black Arm Band : Dirtsong

  • Date: Saturday, 24 October 2009, 7:30pm
  • Venue: State Theatre (Melbourne) — Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: $78-$25 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

dirtsong is a music performance from Aboriginal Australia mixing traditional and contemporary songs, existing repertoire with newly commissioned music and sung in many Australian languages.

A narrative about country, dirtsong evokes a sense of geographical place and country as a series of encounters, memories, occurrences, obligations and nature.

With words from Miles Franklin Award-winning author Alexis Wright (Carpentaria), these songs evoke a new conceptual and emotional map of Australia’s heartland while gently awakening some of Australia’s sleeping languages.


Artists Mark Atkins, Lou Bennett, Deline Briscoe, Emma Donovan, Kutcha Edwards, Dewayne Everettsmith, Leah Flanagan, Shane Howard, Ruby Hunter, Bunna Lawrie, Djolpa McKenzie, Lee Morgan, Shellie Morris, Archie Roach, Dan Sultan & Bart Willoughby, with Special Guest Jimmy Barnes.

Original Text Alexis Wright
Patron of The Black Arm Band & Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy
Conception & Direction Steven Richardson
Producer Jude Gun
Associate Stage Director Marilyn Miller
Repertoire & Vocals Supervisor Lou Bennett
Musical Supervisor Iain Grandage
Cultural Consultant Sarah Jane Bond
Arrangements & Orchestrations Eugene Ball, Iain Grandage, Kate Neal, Jocelyn Pook (UK), Julien Wilson with artists of The Black Arm Band.

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