THE SURGE

The 1990s were a riot of transformation that redefined both Australia and the world. ‘Creative Nation’ announced the central role of art in life and society, while the Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s historic Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993. The internet began to insinuate itself into every corner of contemporary experience, reshaping everything it touched. The scientific community, meanwhile, spoke with increasing urgency of the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change, while politicians turned a deaf ear. What are the sounds of this crucial decade?

Joined by guitarists Andrew Blanch and Vladimir Gorbach Ensemble Offspring reignites two classics from the ’90s by iconic Australian composers Sculthorpe and Westlake alongside five new commissions from Jessica Wells, Felicity Wilcox and Robert Davidson reflecting on the cultural, climate and political situations Australia finds itself in today. With original live video by Peachey and Mosig, this will be a multi-layered feast of music, ideas, lessons from the past and – with a little luck – hope for the decade ahead!

PROGRAM

Paul Mac – Redfern Address
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropica
Jessica Wells – Interludes WP
Robert Davidson – Net Surfing WP
Felicity Wilcox – Tipping Point WP
Nigel Westlake – Tall Tales but True

PERFORMERS

Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Ben Ward (double bass)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Vladimir Gorbach (guitar)
Peachey & Mosig (video)

Photography by Keith Saunders.

Event Information

DATE: Saturday, 5 June 2021
TIMES:
Pre-show dinner: 6pm
Show: 7.30pm

DURATION: 70 mins (no interval)

TICKETS:
General admission: $30
Concession: $25

RELATED LINKS

Casula Powerhouse Film Program
2021 Matinee Season
Casula Comedy Club 
Casula Powerhouse Digital Program

Ensemble Offspring