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About this performance

Spinifex Gum has disarmed and uplifted audiences across Australia, bringing together the sound of Marliya, a choir of talented young Indigenous women and girls from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, the music of Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire) and choreography of Deborah Brown.

Led by Ben Northey, Spinifex Gum will join with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Felix Riebl and Emma Donovan in a symphonic version of a show which is part political and part aspirational, exploring hard-hitting issues of our time, themes of friendship and empowerment, and celebrating what can be achieved when we come together as one.

Duration: Approx. 80 minutes, no interval

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Performance from The Sydney Opera House, in January 2019, for Sydney Festival 2019. The last verse is sung in Yindjibarndi, translated by Michael Woodley of Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation. Song by (T.A.WAITS/K.BRENNAN)


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey

Emma Donovan
Ollie McGill
Felix Riebl
Gondwana Voices
With musicians from Melbourne Youth Orchestras

Felix Riebl composer
Ross Irwin, Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill arrangements
Lyn Williams AM choral director
Deborah Brown choreography

Presented in NAIDOC week, this is music and art to challenge and inspire contemporary Australia.

Join the team behind this powerful collaboration to hear about the journey that they have been on together at Introducing Spinifex Gum, Thursday 7 July at 6.30pm.


Proudly presented by Equity Trustees

COVIDSafe Information

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