Where Song Began
Where Song Began is a 50-minute multimedia performance celebrating the evolution of songbirds, and how they shaped the world. Performed more than 60 times around regional Australia and internationally, Limelight Magazine called it "Spectacular" in a 5⭐ review. The production was the 2020 recipient of a Ruby Award from Arts South Australia.
This new work, supported by Arts South Australia, is a musical and visual journey from the continental shores and tidal flats of Australasia to the tundra of Siberia and Alaska, tracing the awe-inspiring odyssey of shorebirds as they draw Invisible Connections across the globe. An online preview performance took place on May 9, 2020 for World Migratory Bird Day, hosted by the Bird Conservation Society of Thailand and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.
On the Wings of a Godwit
'On the Wings of a Godwit' is an immersive, online guided meditation of music, birdsong and spoken word that takes the listener on a journey from the continental shores of Australasia to the tundra of Siberia. We invite you, the listener, to become a migratory bird, overwintering between your summer homes, following a flyway path that has been travelled for thousands of years. Stop, listen, breathe, and take flight with this meditative journey created by renowned Australian artist Kate Gorringe-Smith (The Overwinting Project) and award-winning musicians and soundscape designers the Bowerbird Collective, Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello). An Indonesian version was created in partnership with Burung Indonesia and Suara Indonesia Dance, featuring Alfira O'Sullivan.
This project was amplified by Melbourne Fringe through the Ralph Mclean Microgrant program, and supported by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership.