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Halcyon: The Journeys


Halcyon: The Journeys

  • Date: Saturday, 7 September 2013, 8pm
  • Venue: The Atrium (NIDA Parade Theatres) — 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the New Music Network 2013 series
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on 132849

Event Details

A double bill featuring female voices, harp, narrator and percussion with projected images and silhouettes by visual media artist Michael Bates.

Halcyon performs two hauntingly beautiful works on the theme of journeying; actual, mythical, legendary, allegorical, solitary. A project some years in the making, Raffaelle Marcellino's A Strange Kind of Paradise is a response to Monteverdi's famous aria 'Lasciatemi morire', the one remaining remnant of the opera Arianna. Based on the myth of Ariadne, Marcellino's new work explores the melancholy of abandonment and uncanny respite achieved from no longer having the torment of others present – a strange kind of paradise.

Last performed by Halcyon in 2006, Gillian Whitehead's epic Nga Haerenga makes a welcome comeback to the stage. Translated from the Maori as 'journeys', Nga Haerenga tells stories about Kuniya, the Woma python tirelessly travelling through the arid centre of Australia, Kupe canoeing to discover Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Shackleton’s epic voyage across the Antarctic culminating in the destruction of his ship, the Endeavour, crushed in the ice.

The piece ends with the 9th century Latin poem ‘Clangam Filii’, an allegorical journey of the soul.

Performers: Artists: Alison Morgan (soprano), Belinda Montgomery (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Jo Burton (mezzo soprano), Genevieve Lang (harp), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Michael Bates (visual media)

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 132849

Featured Australian Works

A Strange kind of paradise (quartets: 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos with harp) by Raffæle Marcellino — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Nga haerenga (2000) by Gillian Whitehead
— performed by Halcyon

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