An immersive and interactive journey through Australia’s First Nations culture
Saltbush is a plant that can be found across Australia and many First Nation countries and is used by diverse First Nations peoples as food, medicine & for agricultural purposes.
This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance, and instrumental music created by First Nations artists and collaborating Australian and Italian Artists.
Saltbush centres on the journey of two friends and their spiritual guide on foot as they cross Australian landscapes – river country, an urban landscape, desert, and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land, growing an understanding, and acknowledging how it shapes and inspires personal journeys.
Through its use of sensor and infrared cameras, Saltbush allows young audiences to interact, play and perform in the show.
It also provides a unique experience for parents and teachers as they witness the children become involved.
TPO’s award winning artistry in multi-media theatre for young people is combined with the work of acclaimed First Nations artists - Lou Bennett (music), Delwyn Mannix (visual art), Deon Hastie (choreography) with TPO company members including Spartaco Cortesi (music), Anna Balducci (dancer), Elsa Mersi and Rossano Monti (designers) Davide Venturini (Director) and Australian artists Sasha Zahra (dramaturgy) Jason Cross (Director).
Sydney Opera House Presents an Insite Arts and Compagnia TPO production of Saltbush.
Photography by Tiffany Garvie (Gunggari)