Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Craig was invited by eminent artist Jill Orr to perform as 'The Missionary' for The Crossing at the Mildura Arts Festival 2007. Although not a ROARAWAR FEARTATA COLLECTIVE performance, this performance was informed by intensive conversations with Jill about our respective practices. All the tribulations of religiosity and Christian iconography - as utilised for imperialist purposes - complimented Craig's own personal research projects and practice by numerous readings of the Christian Holy Bible and the work of Missionary'as such as the Finlayson's whom i was provided precious personal family resources by Sarah Derum. The performing of the missonary allowed me to examine pre-occupations with a 'god' and insights garnered by religious fervour and its altruisms whilst being shadowed by a mis-understood indigenous presence.
Mildura being a hub of cultural diversity played host to the poetic, ritual performance on the vitiated Murray River and its aptly symbolically man-made Lock Island. A dialogue formed an enduring network between the participants from the New South Wales TAFE, Koorie Unit, the Victorian College of Koorie Education Unit, singers, musicians, sound and multi-media personnel and - not to say the least - amongst the contigent of Melbourne performers and the people of Mildura.
In 2007, Craig was invited to perform something at the behest of venue Bar Open's Lucy Tehan for the Melbourne Fringe Festival Program. ROARAWAR FEARTATA COLLECTIVE on this occasion consisted of Craig and Back to Back Theatre's Sarah Mainwaring (performing as a siamese twin shadow to Artaud's delirium) , PACT Theatre's Australian Council 2006 Young Emerging Performer Grant Recipient and 2007 VCA Animateuring Graduate Georgina Read (as Ceremonial Comment), 2007 Melbourne City Council Young Emerging Artist Grant Recipient and 2007 VCA Animatuering Graduate Brigid Jackson (as Antigone), Benjamin Cittadini (as Phantom-Sado-Masochistic-Director-god ) and North Atlantic Audio's Leif Svennsson as live musical accompaniment (www.myspace.com/northatlanticaudio) to a performance of French artist Antonin Artaud's radioplay "To Have Done And Put An End To The Judgement of God".
2008 VCA Master of Fine Arts Graduate Ieuan Wineman invited ROARAWAR FEARTATA COLLECTIVE to do "something" at what is most definetly called the "CARNi". A mnemonic rumination of the site conceived of a performance not to be seen by an audience. Alas, memory is flawed. Remembrance envisioned a sight-line behind the stage. A gap beyond with transgressive actions. We wait to confess in plush animal suits with metal chairs and 'sealed' concrete floor. Shameful and shamefilled acts from the banal and trivial to those that SHOULD remain personal factions. Like a performance of Pina Baush's Cafe Muller, miscommunication ensues lost in translations.