Wednesday 29th April this year marks 250 years since the first Australians saw Lieutenant James Cook’s HMS Endeavour arriving to lay claim to their land.
On the occasion of this anniversary Rhoda Roberts, Head of First Nations Programming, is working with a diverse array of artists to create the Indigenous World Art Orchestra, bringing the perspectives and practices of First Peoples to the fore. The traditional music of Australia and the Pacific, the use of first instruments and performance art will combine to create Cook’s story, retold like never before.
In two new episodes of Deadly Voices, recorded during creative development of the Orchestra, participating artists Lisa Reihana, Moana Maniapoto and Nayuka Gorrie wrestle with the lingering legacy of one man and his colonialist mission. Some of this discourse forms searing letters from these women, dubbed Letters to Cook, which are interwoven with interviews, conversations and poetry to create haunting and vital additions to Deadly Voices.