Saltbush

I simply can’t think of anyone who shouldn’t see this mighty, perfect show.

The West Australian

Saltbush is an exquisite interactive journey through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, celebrated through live dance, music, song and stories. An ensemble of Aboriginal artists collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company Compagnia TPO to create this highly acclaimed work.

Saltbush centres on the journey of two friends from different Aboriginal backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot. Their journey sees them travel across diverse Australian landscapes (countries) –  river country, urban landscapes, the desert and the sea, all the while discovering the land and better understanding and acknowledging our own challenges and personal journey.

Children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers as the landscape unfolds around them, providing a unique immersive experience where the audience becomes part of this visually beautiful journey.

Credits

Co-Artistic Directors
Davide Venturini (Italy) & Jason Cross (Australia)

Dramaturgy
Sasha Zahra (Australia)

Composer/Musician
Lou Bennett (Australia – Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung)

Choreographer
Deon Hastie (Australia – Tjapukai)

Visual Artist/Designer
Delwyn Mannix (Australia/ Wangkangurru)

Digital Designer
Elsa Mersi (Italy)

Technical Designer
Rossano Monti (Italy)

Sound Designer
Spartaco Cortesi (Italy)

Artistic Collaborations
Edoardo Donatini (Italy) and Francesco Gandi (Italy)

Technical & Production Manager
Niccolo Gallio, (Italy)

TPO manager
Valentina Martini (Italy)

 

Dancer
Caleena Sansbury (Australia/ Ngarrindjeri, Narrunga, Kaurna)

Dancer
Sani Townson (Australia/ Saibai of Koedal clan)

Narrator/Performer
Phoebe Grainer (Australia)

Produced by Insite Arts and Compagnia TPO

A Performing Lines tour for Blak Lines in association with Arts on Tour

Information for Presenters

This production was toured by Performing Lines in 2017 for Blak Lines.

For future touring enquiries, contact Insite Arts.

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Narelle Lewis Producer

Presentation History

2017
Barking Gecko, State Theatre Centre
Perth, WA
Albany Entertainment Centre
Albany, WA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA
Arts Margaret River
Margaret River, WA
Darwin Entertainment Centre
Darwin, NT
Godinmayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Cultural Centre
Katherine, NT
Desert Harmony Festival
Tennant Creek, NT
Manning Entertainment Centre
Taree, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre
Nowra, NSW
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Penrith, NSW
Frankston Arts Centre
Frankston, VIC
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Geelong, VIC
Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre
Colac, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

A Performing Lines tour for Blak Lines. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.