THEATRE ROYAL 2018 SCHOOL PROGRAM

A TASMANIAN REQUIEM

A GAP IN THE FENCE PRODUCTION
Thu 12 Apr 2018 10:00am

A world premiere of a new musical work
for voice and brass

A Tasmanian Requiem is an ambitious musical and visual conception that faces a past haunted by the terrible legacy of the Black War of Van Diemen’s Land.

This groundbreaking collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists acknowledges the impact of frontier conflict and the strength, beauty and resilience of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.

Based loosely on the Requiem Mass and performed in English, Latin and Tasmania Aboriginal languages, this unique performance experience fuses film, language and live music.

Performed by Tasmania’s premiere brass ensemble, the Island Brass Quintet, with an extraordinary classical and contemporary vocal mix including Dewayne Everettsmith, A Tasmanian Requiem is at once disturbing and uplifting, a musical gift for a shared future.

A Tasmanian Requiem may be utilised as source material for the National Curriculum (Arts) to address the cross-curriculum priority for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island histories and culture.

Composer: Helen Thomson
Written by: Greg Lehman, Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Frances Butler
Musical Director: Gary Wain
Visual Design: Julie Gough

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