1 October 2009


Dirtsong, a new production by the Black Arm Band, is one of the highlights of this year's Melbourne International Arts Festival

"dirtsong is a music performance from Aboriginal Australia mixing traditional and contemporary songs, existing repertoire with newly commissioned music and sung in many Indigenous Australian languages.

A narrative about country, dirtsong evokes a sense of geographical place and country as a series of encounters, memories, occurrences, obligations and nature."

Working with the artists of the Black Arm Band, Daybreak Films have created a feature length backdrop of lyrical film sequences to accompany the songsĀ  performed in thirteen different Aboriginal languages. Intertwining text by Miles Franklin award winning author Alexis Wright and imagery filmed in communities around Australia specifically for the show, the film sequences were directed, filmed and edited by Natasha Gadd & Rhys Graham.

For information on performances, visit the MIAF website or here on the Black Arm Band site.