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Spinifex Gum

Felix Riebl, Marliya, Peter Garrett, Briggs, Emma Donovan

Adelaide Premiere / One Night Only

  • About

    In 2015 Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire fame took up residence in the Pilbara to soak himself in the contemporary stories of the Yindjibarndi community. Out of it came Spinifex Gum - an album, a live performance and a shared passion to ignite change.

    At the heart of the production is Marliya - an ensemble of Aboriginal and Torres Strait teenage singers from Gondwana Choirs, directed by Lyn Williams, who perform the songs with Felix Riebl and guest artists Peter Garrett, Ollie McGill, Briggs and Emma Donovan.

    Powerful in content and style, the songs blend the lush choral vocals of Marliya with hard-hitting urban rhythms and lyrics that reveal, with uncompromising clarity, many of the painful injustices facing Indigenous Australians. The exuberant energy of these young performers lifts our spirits in the face of very tough issues. Uninhibited, they sway and groove to Riebl’s beats but their superb choral discipline and lush sound ensure the lyrics hit their mark directly in our hearts.

    A unique, topical and inspiring all-Australian gig.

    Director Felix Riebl (of Cat Empire fame), choir director Lyn Williams and choreographer Deborah Brown will share their experience of collaborating with some of Australia’s top voices as well as Marliya – a choir of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenage girls. Together they will discuss their collective experience of creating the work and its inspiration: the story of the painful injustices facing many Indigenous communities and their shared passion to ignite social change.
    Wednesday 14 Mar, 12.30pm, The Palais, Adelaide Riverbank

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  • Credits

    Directed by Felix Riebl
    Assistant Director Ollie McGill
    Conductor Lyn Williams OAM
    Choreographer Deborah Brown
    Lighting and Video Designer Mark Howett
    Film and Video Design Dominic Allen
    Sound Designer Gideon Cozens
    Songs by Felix Riebl
    Beats and Arrangements by Ollie McGill, except Locked Up (F.Riebl / O.McGill / A.Briggs) and Make it Rain (T.A.Waits / K.Brennan)
    Cultural Advisor Michael Woodley, CEO Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

    This project has been supported by the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation and receives funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australia Cultural Fund.

    Major Festivals InitiativeAustralia Council for the Arts

    Image Emmaline Zanelli

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