Media Release: Thursday, October 07, 2010
Sydney Opera House goes west
Saltbush tours to Campbelltown, Penrith and Parramatta
In association with Minister for Housing the Hon. Frank Terenzini MP, Sydney Opera House is taking performing arts beyond Bennelong Point and touring Children’s Cheering Carpet - Saltbush to western Sydney in October.
Part of the Kids at the House 2010 program, Saltbush is a journey through Aboriginal culture, celebrated through dance, music, song and stories. Performed on a touch sensitive carpet that triggers images and sound, the production centres on the journey of two friends as they cross the diverse Australian landscape.
Saltbush combines interactive technology with choreography and a soundtrack of didgeridoo, voice and clapping sticks to explore the Aboriginal artist’s relationship to their home and country. The audience are encouraged to explore and dance with performers as the landscape unfolds around them creating a visually beautiful journey.
NSW Housing Minister Frank Terenzini said he is very pleased to approve major funding for this amazing production as it provides a great opportunity for cultural exchange between artists while delivering a great message to the audience.
“I would also like to recognise the generosity of Transport Minister John Robertson whose department has funded all of the buses required to transfer the youngsters to and from the performances.”
The tour is part of Sydney Opera House’s vision to provide cultural experiences regardless of geographic constraints said chief executive Richard Evans, “Community engagement and participation are important priorities. It is crucial that young audiences can have a Sydney Opera House experience whether onsite at Bennelong Point or by touring productions to other areas.”
For further information contact:
Steven Reilly /02 9250 7411 / 0434 148 504 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Studio, Sydney Opera House / 6 – 16 October
Campbelltown Arts Centre / 19 & 20 October
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith / 22 October
Parramatta Riverside Theatre / 25 October