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.
W: www.cityoflostsouls.org; F: City-Of-Lost-Souls-2137657646470216