Conversations is an immersive multi-art form work taking as its theme the journeys of those who are forced to leave their homes and seek asylum in other countries. Creative development has taken place with the assistance of the Australia Council, Arts South Australia and the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation, and venue support from Vitalstatistix.
The work unfolds through a series of spaces, asking the audience and performers to journey together through film, music and story.
The ‘conversations’ are between art forms and artists, between cultures and expectations, and ultimately between individual human beings as we approach one of the most complex problems of our time.
Conversations includes music by South Australian composer Anne Cawrse and film by James Kalisch. Development partners include the Australian Refugee Association and Baptistcare via its Friendship program. Discussions are under way with potential production partners.
Audience feedback from the November 2017 development:
I found it deeply moving. I emerged from the experience almost speechless. It had touched my innermost being.
Thank you for a magnificent show!
The experience will stay with us for quite some time, I know.
As always, your theatrical-personal-political-humanitarian instincts are well aligned and your vision played out in an affecting way.
All the elements of the production were of the highest artistic quality and executed with the greatest restraint to create an aesthetic of rare beauty and depth.
Rachel Nyiramugisha and Stephen Sheehan in rehearsal for Conversations