Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Craig performs as The Missionary for Jill Orr's The Crossing at the 2007 Mildura Arts Festival.

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.

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