From the wings of a darkened stage drifts the evocative, slightly haunting sound of clap sticks. A stoically paced figure slowly emerges singing in his traditional language. This mesmerising introduction heralds a performance by renowned Aboriginal singer/songwriter and proud Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta and Nari Nari man, Kutcha Edwards.
The show is arranged in sequences exploring Kutcha’s life through the themes of Country, Birth, Youth, Politics, Love, Culture, Healing and Hope. Each theme is bathed in individualised colours and enhanced by stunning projections that amplify the poignancy of Kutcha’s original songs and stories.
Kutcha’s new album CIRCLING TIME features songs chosen to complement each thematic segment of the show, culminating in a finale in which the audience is invited to participate, raising their voices in a unified song of hope. People are enriched by their encounter with Kutcha and left with a broader understanding of Aboriginal culture and how the policies of yesterday have impacted and continue to do so. Without a doubt Kutcha leaves audiences enthralled with his performance, his beautiful voice, charismatic stage presence and with a deeper understanding of the Australia’s first people.
Running Time: 60-75 minutes, no interval
Recommended ages: All ages (family friendly)
Kutcha Edwards Singing Workshop
Bendigo Bank Theatre on Tuesday 14 June at 7:30pm
Kutcha shares his songs and stories inspired by the history and struggle of his people. From the first song Kutcha ever wrote to a song written in his fathers’ language, Kutcha’s Songline has been inspired and influenced by the people and places he has travelled. From campfires to world stages, prisons to universities, Kutcha encourages the power of song to heal the spirit.
In these workshops Kutcha has chosen two songs to work with; the well known and anthem like song ‘Yil Lul’ and the spine tingling ‘We Sing’ which was recently recorded during Victoria’s 6 month lockdown and features on ‘Circling Time’, Kutcha’s latest album.
‘We Sing’ strives to provide connection across humanity and give a voice to Aboriginal people in Australia and black people around the world. ‘Yil Lull’, written by Joe Geia, is an uplifting and healing piece that is written in the spirit of reconciliation.
Both songs are ideal for community choirs who wish to learn and later sing as part of Kutcha’s show as well as for individual workshop participants. As participants learn each song, Kutcha simultaneously imparts the messages and history of each piece in a workshop of two-way conversation that paves the way for a group sing along.
Workshop duration: 1 hour
Participants capped at 30
Free to attend, click here to register now!
The Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre
Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.More about Ulumbarra Theatre
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