This is footage of the song, 'Dreaming Transportation', from the first production of the music theatre work,'Dreaming Transportation: Voice Portraits of the First Women of White Settlement at Port Jackson', sung by soprano Miriam Allan. The work is created for 5 amplified singers, 7 musicians and triple seen projections. The project is based upon the poetic history ‘Botany Bay Document’ by Jordie Albiston, and reveals the little documented European female experience of white colonisation in Australia.
The stories in the songs are real and imagined histories.
The first production was commissioned by the Sydney Festival of the Arts 2003, assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts, Playworks, Parramatta City Council, the Myer Foundation and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts. Live music mix by Shane Fahey, directed by Chris Ryan, lighting design by Sydney Bouhaniche, images for triple screen projection directed by Andrée Greenwell with cinematography by Toby Olver and production design by Katerina Stratos with Anna Messariti as producer. Starring Deborah Conway, Justine Clarke, Christine Douglas, Miriam Allan and Amie Mc Kenna. WIth Hope Csutoris-violin, James Nightingale-cl/sax, Jane Williams-cello, Denise Papaluca-piano, Mardi Chillingworth-bass, David Hewitt-percussion and Kim-Poole-guitar/mandolin/irish bouzouki/hurdy-gurdy, piano accordion. A Green Room Music production, presented by Sydney Festival in association with Music Theatre Sydney.
This work was also recorded by the ABC Radio National Music and Drama units and release on CD by ABC audio arts. For CD recordings of this work please visit andreegreenwell.com.
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