Land a public ceremony of personal commitment to healing and change
In this post apology era – where to from here?
Marking the ongoing significance, necessity and importance of the National Apology, the Ngarra Jarra tree will burn, laden with ‘clooties’ woven into metres of fire rope, at Birrarung Mar on the Opening Night of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Ngarra Jarra translates as ‘Healing’ in Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people.
Each small red ‘clootie’ or cloth will contain a hand written expression of commitment inspired by the Apology, by love of country or perhaps by the urgent need to ‘Close the Gap’ between Indigenous and Non Indigenous communities. Over 1000 of these hand written ‘clooties’ will be collected from Princes Hill Primary School, Trinity Primary Richmond and Brunswick East Primary school, community groups and local council reconciliation groups.
During the Opening Musical Event at Federation Square more clooties will be collected from the audience and used as the final decoration of the Ngarra Jarra Tree, before the audience is led down in procession to Birrarung Mar for Longing Belonging Land.
A procession of illuminated shrines, a unique healing ceremony, fire ritual and dance will all take place with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous performers, elders, artists and musicians at the foot of the Ngarra Jarra Tree.
Core Artistic Team
Margie Mackay – Director/ Designer/ Producer
Bernard Nagle – Fire Sculptor
Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy – Senior Elder & cultural advisor
Tania Bosak – Musical Director
Gus Macmillan – Sound design
Paula Van Beek – lighting design
Kym Wilson – costume design and creation
Jacob Boehme - Fire choreography
Jade Dewi Tyass Tunggal – Fire choreography
Geraldine (Tom) Morey – Rope dance choreography
Zohar Spatz – Production
Performers, musicians and visual artists:
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Uncle Herb Patten
Maurial Rose Spearim
Maj Holm Ingemann Thomsen
Inez de Vega