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Buining, Pip 2014, Anthology, in Anthology. Performance (2014 : Stirling Park, A.C.T), Stirling Park, A.C.T, 26 Nov.-6 Dec. 2014.

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Performance name Anthology
Creator(s) Buining, Pip
Contributor(s) Morris, Louise
Scott, Matt
Vennonen, Kimmo
Kaur, Sarah
The Cashews
Woodward, Joe
O'Brien, Caroline
Thunderstone Aboriginal Cultural and Land Management Services
Gugler, Ann
Lea, Liz
Piggin, Philip
Canberra Dance Theatre, Gold Ensemble
Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA)
Year presented/published 2014
Publisher ArtsACT
Place of publication Stirling Park, A.C.T
Event name Anthology. Performance (2014 : Stirling Park, A.C.T)
Performance venue Stirling Park, A.C.T
Performance dates 26 Nov.-6 Dec. 2014
Description of performance Site-specific performance installation- 10 performances over 2 week season
Summary This research is a practice led investigation of large-scale site specific performance installation works that respond to local and historical trauma, place making, and belonging for communities and audiences. The research is part of an ongoing PhD which is primarily questioning how layers of history and lived experience manifest or ‘imprint’ upon natural landscapes and urban sites using the driving concepts of landscape, archaeology, and community immersion to inform the practice. The site of the primary research investigation was Anthology a major site-specific theatrical journey through Westlake, now known as Stirling Park – Ngunawal land, a traditional pathway and the site of one of the camps created to house the workers building the new city of Canberra. Tents and a hall were erected followed by 61 cottages built in 1923, for married tradesmen building the infrastructure for the new Federal Capital of Australia. These families lived at Westlake for 50 years until the 1960’s when the families were relocated, the houses sold and removed. A community demolished. Westlake is now parkland (and prime real estate), nestled between the lake and the Embassies of Yarralumla. The event took place between 26th November and the 6th December 2014. The performance installation was created and produced over a 3-year period with $45,000.00 in funding provided by ArtsACT and the Centenary of Canberra. Anthology alluded to the power of immersive, site-sympathetic performance as a regenerative force for communities right now. What lies in wait for artists in sites, in places…to be uncovered…with its final form revealed through careful excavation? Anthology centralised rituals of remembrance and the importance of place as vital to the restoration and regeneration of community through processing and transcending what has been lost, hidden, suppressed or in the case of Westlake or Stirling Park ‘vanished’.
Keyword(s) Site-specific
Notes Inspirited Landscapes. The Anthology Project- Research presented at ADSA 2014 : Restoring balance : ecology/sustainability/performance : Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies 2014 conference In terms of reach and impact, the research is not only generating new knowledge, but also new audiences. As the largest theatre project funded by ArtsACT in 2013, Anthology experienced a sold-out season over 10 performances and significant media and critical attention. My findings have indicated that place-based performance of this nature has significant impacts upon audience development as the Anthology audience had a broad reach from local residents, local and national site stakeholders as well as historical and performance industry leaders and scholars. The practice-led research involved partnerships with local historians, indigenous artists and storytellers, community arts groups, local professional and emerging artists, heritage and land management and local and national government site-stakeholders. The project was significant in highlighting the importance of community and place making in contemporary performance practice- especially in relation to trauma and dispossession by ‘making the invisible, visible’. Please NB: The work was produced in collaboration with Pip Buining who is not affiliated with another research institution. Links to media and reviews below:
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category J2.1 Minor original creative work
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Document type: Performance
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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