River, River single work   drama  
First known date: 2006 Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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River, River is a sound drama that combines realism, dream and metaphor and marries poetic text, sound and music - traditional Filipino chanting and Western opera. Estrella uses her long hair to trawl corpses from the river in Iraya, a militarised village in the Philippines. In a time of war the river has become a dumping ground for the victims of summary executions. Each time a body is thrown into the water, it changes flavour: from river sweetness into brine, into lemon grass. Estrella remembers a night lit by fireflies, a night she is to retrieve another body. But this time she might know the victim. It could be her Australian lover who has disappeared. -- From the ABC Radio National website

Notes

  • With traditional chanting by The Bitabara family

Production Details

  • River, River was produced with the assistance of the ABC Regional Production Fund and broadcast on ABC Radio National 'Airplay' program on 26 March 2006

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First known date: 2006
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    y ABC News [Online] March 2006 7616978 2006 periodical issue 2006
    Note: Abstract and production information available online.

Works about this Work

The Asian Conspiracy : Deploying Voice/Deploying Story Merlinda Bobis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 25 no. 3 2010; (p. 1-19)
'This essay develops on the premise of imagining, which is the heart of story-making: imagine the physicality of story. Imagine the deployment strategies, the covert 'translations' of difference' that facilitate the entry of the Other story through the gate.
And once inside, imagine how this Otherness is legitimised, packaged and consumed within the Australian nation.' (p. 3)
The Asian Conspiracy : Deploying Voice/Deploying Story Merlinda Bobis , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 25 no. 3 2010; (p. 1-19)
'This essay develops on the premise of imagining, which is the heart of story-making: imagine the physicality of story. Imagine the deployment strategies, the covert 'translations' of difference' that facilitate the entry of the Other story through the gate.
And once inside, imagine how this Otherness is legitimised, packaged and consumed within the Australian nation.' (p. 3)
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