Dubbo Photo News (Dubbo NSW, Australia), November 22, 2014
The performance of contemporary Aboriginal stories on the stages of regional theatres and performance spaces is not yet part of mainstream cultural programming.
Yet, the expression of Aboriginal culture through storytelling has a history that far outdates Western culture, which makes its absence from the mainstream public arena noticeable and remarkable.
An ambitious project getting underway in Dubbo next weekend goes to the heart of story-telling and aims to address the absence of opportunities for regional Aboriginal creators, artists and performers.
Titled Staging Stories, those behind the project plan to create a regional Aboriginal theatre network to support and develop new Aboriginal works that tell the stories of those in regional communities.
“This project is about providing opportunity for anyone of Aboriginal heritage to tell their own stories.”
“There are a few Aboriginal theatre companies in Australia and the development opportunities arising from this program provides an avenue to get regional stories created and presented. I believe Orana Arts has an artistic responsibility to help make this happen.”
Subjects Covered: storytelling festivals