Of Cows, Women and War
Based on an unpublished book by Ajak Kwai, this one-woman show of story-telling, music and dance was co-created by Ajak Kwai and Dr Bagryana Popov. The stories touch on all the areas of Dinka people's lives before and during the war in Sudan. Stories of landscapes and courting rituals, of family traditions and pride. Stories of forced marriage and why cows are a curse for girls. Stories of loss, and the high price women and children pay in war. The production played for short development seasons at La Trobe University and at La Mama before touring to the Eye of the Storm Writer's Festival in Alice Springs (pictured).
The Centre for Indigenous Story
Alison Ravenscroft, Head of the Department of Creative Arts and English, is also the Project Manager for the Centre for Indigenous Story, a virtual site for Aboriginal interaction. It provides an opportunity to gather, (re)generate, and host Indigenous stories and knowledges through spoken word, music, film, visual arts, writing, and all dynamic multimedia forms. Indigenous knowledges in the digital age demand the telling of many stories in many ways and an innovative curation in sharing these layered histories, knowledges, and stories.
The Real Lab is a showcase of La Trobe University's best screen-based production. This is a space where, led by Angie Black, we build on the past and comment on the present in a fresh and unique voice. Our approach to filmmaking can be described as a marriage between the philosophical and the practical. We love sharing stories and work very hard in honing our technical skills in order to deliver the best work to you, our audience. The Real Lab also encapsulates the REAL television series, which airs on Channel 31. At its core, the REAL series aims to shed light on the real Melbourne by offering viewers original stories with character.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Rob Conkie is directing Shakespeare's uproarious farce, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Packed with some of Melbourne's finest theatrical talent, and celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the production will tour to the reconstructed New Fortune Theatre at the University of Western Australia in Perth before a two-week season at Melbourne's premier independent theatre venue, fortyfivedownstairs. The production will be accompanied by a series of cross-coastal lectures, talks, seminars and even a comic book exhibition!