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TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER 2016 7
Barkly talent on show in Melbourne
From page 6.
A Night in the Barkly featured Rayella and the
Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra and was the
occasion for the launch night of their limited
edition collaborative CD that was recorded for
this year’s Tennant Creek Territory Day.
It was during Opera Australia’s time in Tennant
Creek during 2016 that BRA recorded all six
songs at the Winanjjikari Music Centre.
Music arrangements were by Australia’s es-
teemed contemporary composers, Iain Grandage
and Erkki Veltheim.
The audience cried throughout their perfor-
mance, touched by their beautiful sounds and
the feeling of being connected to something
Natasha May was a stand out as she shared her
performance from the 2015 Desert Harmony
Festival with Finucane and Smith dancer, James
Tash then went on to share her life story (so
far) and her incredible achievements (so far)
and presented herself as the young leader she
is, even when her phone, from which she was
reading her story, began to ring.
“My partner is working out bush and must have
found a bit of signal,” she informed the amused
crowd, who then told her to answer it so they
could all shout ‘Hello!’
This was an audience which was feeling truly
engaged and connected.
The newly formed Barkly Drifters (a combi-
nation of the Barkly Boys and the Tableland
Drifters) shared with the audience the reasons
some bands merge together due to the passing
of some of their musicians.
They then performed a series of old and new
songs for a crowd which listened intently to
the lyrics of the songs that spoke of home in
After screening the Media Mob documentary,
Sean Bahr-Kelly told the audience about all the
amazing experiences he has had since joining
Media Mob before racing off-stage to continue
playing the audio visual components of the show
and taking photos of the event.
And to truly cap off BRA’s diverse range of
work, the TC Dance Crew took to the stage with
the Melbourne City Ballet.
They performed an interpretation of a Waru-
mungu creation story as told by Rosemary Plum-
mer’s father that was originally created for this
year’s Desert Harmony festival.
TC Dance Crew Director, Kirsty Eberl said
the polished performance was the culmination
of a week-long residency with the Melbourne
“It was an absolutely incredible experience,”
“The trip really opened my students eyes, they
have come back to a complete new look on the
“It really was a joyful and amazing week.
“We learned so much and had lots of fun along
“It was also a fantastic opportunity to meet
professional dancers who were both inspiring
“We feel like we have a new friends and a
network outside of Tennant Creek now.”
“Throughout our days we took warm-up
classes led by company artists, learned and re-
hearsed a new dance routine in the MCB studios
and we even got the privilege of sitting in on
The residency is part of BRA’s Arts School
In Residence Program - designed to provide
young people with professional training towards
careers in the arts.
Melbourne City Ballet will work with TC
Dance Crew for two years as part of the Barkly
Kirsty also treated her students with a tour to
the Sea Life Aquarium, and the Melbourne Star,
they rode a horse and carriage through the city
and, of course, went shopping!
A Night in the Barkly, was hosted by Kathy
Burns who linked all the performances together
through stories and video, and added some of
BRA’s favourite acts, including the gob smack-
ing balloon popping act from Moira Finucane,
and a live cooking show from the Village Festi-
val’s World Kitchen (which featured an Iranian
chef who served freshly made traditional snacks)
whilst Raymond Dixon told stories from home.
Moira Finucane, from Finucane and Smith,
told the Melbourne audience, “I have worked
with many community arts organisations across
the world and Barkly Regional Arts truly sets a
A Night in the Barkly stirred many emotions
in the crowd, with people inspired to become
involved in BRA and travel to the Desert
Harmony Festival, or connect organisations to
support BRA or purchase the Rayella CD and
artwork on show.
BRA extended gratitude and thanks to all the
artists involved including special guest per-
former, Bunna Lawrie, James Winwood (former
WMC Manager), Joao Dujon Pereira (former
Media Mob trainer), Tim Webb and Leash Sco-
bie who all worked on the event in Melbourne.
l The TC Dance Crew worked with the Melbourne City Ballet and also got to play tourists in the big smoke.
l Russell O’Keefe, Marcus Finlay and Reggie O’Riley.
l Rayella was backed by Opera Australia Chamber Orchestra.
l Finucane and Smith dancer James Wesley performed with Natasha May.
l TC Dance Crew performed with dancers from the Melbourne City Ballet.
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