Slow Awakening is a performance work spanning the lives and struggles of a unique Aboriginal family from Raukkan Mission, Point McLeay, South Australia, and Dimboola, Victoria. Its story spans several generations of change, from the 1960s to present day, and is written by filmmaker and playwright Tracey Rigney, who is a Wotjobaluk and Ngarrindjeri woman.
Slow Awakening dances between magical and real worlds, evoking adversity, memory, grief, and the power of love and choice.
Slow Awakening was originally commissioned by Vitalstatistix in 2009/2010. Living up to its name, this beautiful work returns to us through our Incubator development program following a creative development of its script/text with State Theatre Company of SA in 2017. The work is developing as an immersive performance incorporating song cycle, language, film and image.
Creative team: Tracey Rigney (writer), Sasha Zahra (director) and Dr Lou Bennett (composer/musical director)
Image credit: Michelle Grace Hunder