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Tracie Crockford (left), Phil Blackman and Marissa Treichel preparing for Beautiful Bones.
Tracie Crockford (left), Phil Blackman and Marissa Treichel preparing for Beautiful Bones.

HOME-GROWN theatre telling stories unique to the Northern Rivers community is at the heart of NORPA's new Generator program.

Launched in 2009 by NORPA artistic director Julian Louis, the Generator program was created to give a name to all of the new works NORPA produces.

"I was looking for a name that put energy into the company and created work that connects the arts with audiences on the Northern Rivers," he said.

The program has created three ambitious performances, including Engine in 2010, Open House in 2011 and the recent Railway Wonderland, which was performed live to sellout crowds at the Lismore train station.

The production Railway Wonderland combined stories from the community with the history of the Lismore train station to tell a tale that reflected the experiences of the Northern Rivers.

"The community influence was all throughout the production and the show reflected people's nostalgia of the space," Mr Louis said.

Beautiful Bones is the latest creation of NORPA's Generator program and explores the shared journey of three friends from cradle to grave, forward in time and backward in memory.

Directed by Brisbane-based choreographer Brian Lucas, it features local dancers Phillip Blackman, Tracie Crockford and Marissa Treichel.

Ms Treichel says the performance is a unique collaboration of the artist's work, which reflects their personal experiences.

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