Maryanne Lynch

Community Arts & Cultural Development

City of Lost Souls (PERFORMANCE)

City of Lost Souls (PERFORMANCE) is a work for and from the dead … Ghost stories of St Kilda and surrounds told through song, spoken word and projection in live performance … Featuring local artists and local communities.

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City of Lost Souls (PERFORMANCE) is a night of original songs, spoken word and animated projection featuring professional artists, two community choirs (women and teenagers) and rooming-house residents, most of whom are local to the area.

Subject matter includes the almost star-crossed lovers of Café Sheherezade, Little Red Bluff (Point Ormond) where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have gathered for aeons, and the horses of The Carousel of War and Peace.

The work is a celebration, a remembering and a homage to the ghosts of the past.

City of Lost Souls is created by Maryanne Lynch, with Andrée Greenwell and Hugo Race, Albert Park Secondary College choir, Decibelles Women’s Pop Choir, the Roomers Writing Group and a host of other artists, all passionate about this unique part of Melbourne.

We’re presenting our work across three nights in late August 2018 in a cabaret-style setting at Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda, and invite you to come along for the ‘ghost-train ride’ on the Caravan of Death.

City of Lost Souls (PERFORMANCE) provides a compelling take on this iconic part of Melbourne in live, innovative, inclusive and at times rollicking performance.

Through our original musical compositions we delve into true-life tragedies such as the murder of sex worker Tracy Connelly, celebrate the children lost on the foreshore, and  dance our way through the Palais de Danse. Our sound design and  projection gestures towards the tropes of this seaside borough as we know it—rumbling trams; the shriek of gulls; mothers with children. Our gathered stories burrow into the subterranean layers of the COPP, offering new histories as well as new imaginings.

COLS brings together multiple art forms, stories and  people from St Kilda and  surrounds. For locals, the project offers new ways of looking at our local history in a dynamic professional-community collaboration. For others, it’s a looksee into lives past and  present. COLS also celebrates this crazy place we call home.

COLS has been supported to date by local government, philanthropic trusts, local sponsorships and local partnerships. As the partnerships have accumulated, the ambitions of the project have grown & this is where our request for your support arises.

COLS now features hand-drawn animations and  text by rooming-house residents (developed across 8 workshops), two community choirs with choir directors, added rehearsal time and  venues, and  additional personnel to ensure that all COLS participants are working in a safe environment.

EP Maryanne Lynch has appointed two Associate Producers, Ruth Krawat and  Sasha Noble, both local businesswomen and residents of St Kilda. These appointments are to build sponsorships towards the live season. Ruth and  Sasha are also assisting Maryanne to realise COLS (DOCUMENTARY)—this will be the subject of a separate fundraising campaign but will draw upon the materials & relationships created for the live work.

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MARYANNE LYNCH (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER) works across art forms and has won several awards for her work. Her practice is categorised by diverse community engagement and a dialogue between art disciplines.
Most recently, Maryanne has worked as a producer for ABC-Radio National.
Previously, Maryanne was Dramaturg in Residence at Malthouse Theatre under the artistic directorship of Michael Kantor.
Other notable projects as a primary artist include ‘Hide and Seek’ (ArtsHouse 2011-12: writer-director-producer); ‘gamegirl’ (Arena Theatre Company, 2004: writer); ‘Double Vision’ (QPAC, 2001: writer-director) and ‘Pyjama Girl’ (AFC, 2001: writer-director).
Maryanne has worked with many companies including Ausdance, Backbone Youth Arts, BalletLab, Kage Physical Theatre, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Theatre, JUTE, Lucy Guerin Inc, Next Wave, Outer Urban Projects, Rawcus and Vulcana Women’s Circus. She has also collaborated with many independent artists in a range of artistic models, including Bagryana Popov, Christine Johnstone, Zulya Kanalova, Lisa O’Neill, John Rodgers, Vanessa Tomlinson and Irine Vela.

Maryanne is currently co-principal artist and co-producer (with Richard Holt) of a multidisciplinary project, STREETSWEEP: Fitzroy St, St Kilda in association with the Heritage Centre, City of Port Phillip and the leading artist (with Andrée Greenwell and Hugo Race) in City of Lost Souls, which will premiere in its live incarnation in August 2018.

Maryanne has been a board member of several companies, most recently Theatre Works, and has also participated in and/or chaired several Creative Victoria (as Arts Victoria) arts panels as well as being a peer assessor on Australian Council for the Arts boards.


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