Local indigenous theatre work gets $150,000 funding
NORPA's contemporary indigenous theatre work Bundjalung Nghari - Three Brothers will receive $150,000 of funding to support its partnership with local companies and groups.
The Bundjalung Elders Council, Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Playwriting Australia, Interrelate Family Centre and NORPA are working together to create, produce and present the production.
Three Brothers co-director and NORPA artistic director Julian Louis said the production was about providing a voice to Aboriginal people.
"It's essential that a regional theatre company has really strong connections with the local indigenous community, and provides an area where there can be a voice for the oldest culture in Australia and the first nations people," he said.
"The funding will help with some programs that run alongside the making of the work, including some work with young Indigenous dancers to connect up with local groups such as choirs.
"It also goes towards the staging of the work ... creating theatre is a big exercise."
Informing of country's history
Project partner Mick Ryan from the Bundjalung Elders Council, said the production, for him, was about informing the wider community of this country's history.
"A lot of the history has gone untold and the living history is still in the landscape," he said.
"It's so important for us to tell our stories through song, dance, plays ... it's very important to get it out there and so I think it's fantastic to get the funding for the stories to be told."
Three Brothers is a universal story of family legacy and cultural identity.
Through a mix of traditional and contemporary language, dance, song, visuals and movement, Aboriginal theatre and dance practitioners are collaborating to develop the work.
The team will present an excerpt of Three Brothers this month at the Australian Performing Arts Market.
"We're pitching Three Brothers to them as a work we'd like to see one day tour outside the Northern Rivers," Mr Louis said.
"So the story of this place and this culture is shared."
The Arts NSW Regional Partnerships funding supports partnerships in regional NSW that stimulate strong and diverse regional arts and cultural activity.
Three Brothers will premiere at NORPA at Lismore City Hall in 2017.