This year we kick off our 2021 season with Musical Microparks as part of Sydney Festival. As many of you may recall this is our new iteration of Fever Pitch which was scheduled for April 2020 and was not able to go ahead due to COVID shutdowns. It certainly has been a challenge organising an outdoor event in 6 different locations (5 of which are unpowered parks and one is a Town Hall with severely limited capacity) with moving audience groups and most recently, border closures – but we are almost there and the final week of preparation is sure to bring exciting artistic outcomes for you, our audience!
Claire & Mindy who are in the Erskineville Town Hall will be performing as a virtual duo as Mindy is based in Melbourne and not able to travel to NSW due to border closures. Their theme is ‘mother’ and they will use imagery from a film Mindy has been working on for Asiatopa as well as beaming her live from her home for the performances to play with Claire in across the country. Claire has also added a new drum solo to the program as the centrepiece called ’Side by Side’ so you can look forward to some more Rebonds-like drum action.
In other news, Brenda Gifford is now no longer able to partner up with Lamorna due to having to go into isolation before her upcoming trip to Victoria. So the wonderful emerging Indigenous dancer, Emily Flannery will help Lamorna tell Brenda’s stories of women’s business in Yuin Country. We are so thrilled to welcome Emily into the Ensemble Offspring family for the first time. Emily Flannery is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Forbes in the Central West of NSW who is a graduate of NAISDA Dance College and a member of the Lost All Sorts Collective.