'Distributed 15' to connect communities across the Gondwana Link

Connecting the regions: Amanda Keesing, Keith Bradby (Gondwana Link), and Annette Carmichael. Photo: Lauren McKenzie.
Connecting the regions: Amanda Keesing, Keith Bradby (Gondwana Link), and Annette Carmichael. Photo: Lauren McKenzie.

The call is going out for all creative souls in the Margaret River region to register to attend an exciting series of creative workshops at the end of the month.

The workshops are part of the creative process for a cross-regional arts project, Distributed 15, which will conclude in a large scale performance in 2023 across the Gondwana Link, which spans the South West, Great Southern and Goldfields regions.

Distributed 15, led by Creative Producer and Choreographer Annette Carmichael and created in partnership with Gondwana Link and Arts Margaret River, will explore our shared responsibility to care for each other and the natural world.

The project will see professional artists and community members coming together to co-create a performance that is authentic and embedded in the natural environment.

The free workshops represent the start of THE cross-regional arts project, engaging local dance, music, theatre and visual artists including Janine Oxenham, Adelina Larsson, Anthony Coexter, Simon Walsh and Sky River, with locals of diverse abilities, backgrounds and cultures encouraged to take part.

Participants need to be aged 14 years or older.

The project has key support from Gondwana Link, an organisation working towards the goal of protecting what bushland remains, restoring critical gaps, and maintaining the extraordinary nature of south-western Australia.

Gondwana Link CEO Keith Bradby said, "We're delighted to be part of this exciting partnership, with Annette Carmichael Projects.

"This fusion of creativity and conservation will be invaluable in encouraging more Australians to appreciate the beauty and global importance of our regional environments, the talent of local communities and the many ways we can both enjoy and restore important Australian landscapes and habitats."

It's all kicking off in Margaret River this month. We can't wait to connect with people and shape a vision for this massive performance project.

Annette Carmichael

Ms Carmichael said she looks forward to working on the ambitious project with communities from Margaret River to Kalgoorlie.

"It's all kicking off in Margaret River this month. We can't wait to get started, connect with people and together shape a vision for this massive performance project," Annette said.

ARTIST WORKSHOP

Saturday 30 October

1.30pm - 3.30pm: The art of collaboration, professional development for artists that will explore the multi-artform collaborative process to be used in the large-scale distributed project.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

Sunday 31 October

10am - 11.30am: Discussion and information session.

12.30pm - 1.45pm: Taster dance workshop #1 (gentle) for people with dodgy knees and sore backs.

2.15pm - 3.30pm: Taster dance workshop #2 (active) for people who would like more physical challenges.

No prior dance experience required. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Ages 14 and over.

All sessions at Margaret River HEART.

Register your interest at https://forms.gle/xTxB7Fgoxyr4Koge7