Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects

Stiff Gins

A moving sonic response to Indigenous objects and artefacts held in museum collections globally, Spirit of Things: The Sound of Objects is a new music-based performance work by Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs, members of the award-winning musical duo, the Stiff Gins, in collaboration with renowned British director Felix Cross.

Simpson and Briggs became concerned by the disconnection and distance between Indigenous cultural objects in numerous museum collections and their ancestral country. To the artists, objects such as these are more than mere shadows of the past: they are living entities, buzzing with life. Spirit of Things will awaken these objects, unlocking them through music, stories and performance to reconnect them with their communities and creators once more.



Creators & Performers
  • Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs (Stiff Gins)
  • Felix Cross
  • Lucy Simpson
Lighting Designer
  • Fausto Brusamolino
Video Media Designer
  • Mic Gruchy
Music Director
  • Syd Green
  • Nardi Simpson, Kaleena Briggs & Syd Green
Guitar, Drums & Percussion
  • Syd Green

Produced by Performing Lines

Commissioned by Performance Space

Information for Presenters

Now available for national and international presentation opportunities.

We are currently developing a tour for 2019 with a deep engagement program – the Spirit Residency Program. Please get in touch to express your interest.

Narelle Lewis Producer

Presentation History

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Full Presentation History for Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects

Live Works, Performance Space, Carriageworks
Sydney, NSW
Yirramboi Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne, VIC

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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.