In 2015 Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) took up residence in the Pilbara to soak himself in the contemporary stories of the Yindjibarndi community. Out of it came Spinifex Gum – an album, a live show and a shared passion to ignite change.
At the heart of the production is Marliya- an ensemble of Aboriginal and Torres Strait teenage singers from Gondwana Choirs, conducted by Lyn Williams OAM. Directed by Felix Riebl, the choir is choreographed by Deborah Brown and music is produced and arranged by Ollie McGill.
A performance of Spinifex Gum takes the audience on a journey through the Pilbara. On stage is Marliya, a choir of young Indigenous women with exuberant energy. They are joined by Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill, Emma Donovan and other special guests. Video and projections drawn from the Pilbara accompany the performance.
Following the critical success of Spinifex Gum at Adelaide Festival in March 2018, we are seeking funds to get Spinifex Gum on the road in the second half of 2019. Donations will support the creation of a comprehensive tour to festivals/venues in capital cities and regional/remote communities across Australia, and the development and execution of a communications plan to help further promote the story of Spinifex Gum and the powerful issues it explores.
The end result will see Spinifex Gum reaching a diverse range of audiences, including people in regional and remote communities, through live performances and an engaging series of bespoke online content.
The creative development of this show was assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts, whom together with the Australia Council for the Arts and the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation commissioned the world premiere performances following the release of the Spinifex Gum album in late 2017.