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Night River single work   musical theatre   - 60 mins
Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Night River
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'Enter the dreamlike terrain of Night River as it travels across the natural world and river systems of the Kimberley and into the ancestral mythology tied to the Mardoowarra (Fitzroy River). A writer, producer and sound designer, Kalaji reinterprets a connection to country through an evocative blend of electronic soundscapes and moving imagery that combine to produce a mesmerising sensory experience.

'Kalaji is the Nyikina word for ‘whirlwind’, originating from the Mardoowarra River of far north Western Australia. Kalaji is also the musical alias for in-demand screen and theatre actor Mark Coles Smith. In between winning a Helpmann Award for his role in Leah Purcell’s adaptation of The Drover’s Wife, and receiving AACTA nominations for his film roles in Last Cab to Darwin and Pawno, Mark has also appeared in numerous US television series. His music credits include the score for Ilbijerri Theatre’s recent production Which Way Home along with various short film and album credits.

'Night River is his first major experimental work under the alias Kalaji and a must-see immersive multimedia performance.'  (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Premiered at the Yirrammboi Festival in Melbourne 3-4 May 2019. 

    Credits

    • Composer/Performer: Mark Coles Smith
    • Video Artist: Jonathan Chong

    Additional Info

    Night River is a YIRRAMBOI KIN Commission. It was  supported by City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival.

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Works about this Work

Compelling Theatre on Show at Festival Jillian Mundy , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 702 2019; (p. 26-27)
'Under the banner of the Knowledge Industry Network, the performances are intended to place First Nations voices first and provide authority to determine 'our narratives, presented our way'. They were Night River by Mark Coles Smith, his first work as musical alias Kalaji, Daddy by Joel Bray, The Honouring by Mark Sheppard and Blood Quantum - a mother/daughter dance and narrative piece by Professor Tracey Bunda and Ngioka Bunda-Heath.' (Introduction)
Compelling Theatre on Show at Festival Jillian Mundy , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 5 June no. 702 2019; (p. 26-27)
'Under the banner of the Knowledge Industry Network, the performances are intended to place First Nations voices first and provide authority to determine 'our narratives, presented our way'. They were Night River by Mark Coles Smith, his first work as musical alias Kalaji, Daddy by Joel Bray, The Honouring by Mark Sheppard and Blood Quantum - a mother/daughter dance and narrative piece by Professor Tracey Bunda and Ngioka Bunda-Heath.' (Introduction)
Last amended 5 Jun 2019 10:14:18
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