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poem for a dried up river

Where
Carriageworks
Carriageworks
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2042
When

Wednesday 6 January 2021 from 6pm to 6:35pm Thursday 7 January 2021 from 6pm to 6:35pm Friday 8 January 2021 from 6pm to 6:35pm Saturday 9 January 2021 from 3pm to 3:35pm Sunday 10 January 2021 from 3pm to 3:35pm

Cost

Adult: $39Concession: $35

Poetry, music, physical theatre and art installation meet in a mesmerising combination.

Struggle, exertion – where does it first show up in the body? In the breath. And that’s how Jane Sheldon’s _poem for a dried up river _begins: in summer darkness with the sounds of breathing floating over chirping cicadas. Gradually two sopranos emerge from the soundscape, their labour divided – instrument and words. 

This riveting performance melds opera, poetry, physical theatre and art installation in a mesmerising, unique combination. Alice Oswald’s text about a figurine of a naiad trying to coax water from a bed of limestone ‘unfolds like a cry of environmental despair’. Sheldon’s exquisite palette of musical colours plays on contrasts: dry and wet, weak and strong, barren and fecund. Elizabeth Gadsby’s powerful installation mirrors the nymph’s exertions with the unrolling of a 200kg path of clay.  

Jane Sheldon reunites with Sydney Chamber Opera for another collaboration filled with detail and nuance, and a profound sense of connection.

Carriageworks is a Covid-Safe venue. Find out more.

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