Ja­vanese dancers head to Rain­bow

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East Ja­vanese dancers, the haunt­ing sounds of tra­di­tional In­done­sian per­cus­sion in­stru­ments and pro­jec­tions of unique Mallee land­scape im­ages will all fea­ture at an event at Rain­bow this month.

Oa­sis Rain­bow will host the free af­ter­noon event on April 28 to mark the fi­nal per­for­mance of its six-day Em­bod­ied Land­scape project.

The project in­volves 16 vis­it­ing East Ja­vanese artists from Sam­pang Agung Cen­tre for Per­form­ing Arts.

The af­ter­noon will also in­clude more than a dozen vis­it­ing per­for­mance artists, re­gional Abo­rig­i­nal dancers and Rain­bow’s an­swer to White Night – a pro­jec­tor bike that beams huge and colour­ful im­ages onto build­ings, roads and si­los.

Em­bod­ied Land­scape cre­ative di­rec­tor Dianne Dick­son said the project, part of Rain­bow’s Small Town Trans­for­ma­tions Project, of­fered an op­por­tu­nity for both the East Ja­vanese vis­i­tors and Wim­mera-mallee peo­ple to share their cul­ture, ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge.

Ms Dick­son, who first met the per­form­ers while in Asia for an art fes­ti­val sev­eral years ago, said there were many sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Rain­bow and Pelem, where the per­form­ers lived.

“Both are re­mote small towns with great com­mu­nity spirit, con­nec­tion to and reliance upon the land­scape and a strong passion for their her­itage and tra­di­tions,” she said.

“While one is on the tip of an Aus­tralian desert and the other in rain­for­est high­lands, I am sure we will have many com­mon threads and plenty to share over a very ex­cit­ing week.”

Ms Dick­son said the vis­i­tors would ar­rive at Rain­bow on April 23 and par­tic­i­pate in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing vis­its to Pella church, Lake Al­ba­cutya and Nhill, as well as Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, a com­mu­nity din­ner and an Anzac Day ser­vice.

“This will all be in a lead-up to the biggest day of their visit – our Satur­day Em­bod­ied Land­scape event,” she said.

“We have a range of vis­it­ing artists keen to travel to Rain­bow and par­tic­i­pate in pop-up per­for­mances and I know ev­ery­one will be sim­ply blown away by the pres­ence, sounds and grace of the East Ja­vanese vis­i­tors when they take to the stage.

“We will be film­ing their work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties all week and on the last night these videos and im­ages will be beamed onto build­ings and other sur­faces with Oa­sis Rain­bow’s new pro­jec­tor bike.

“This will be an event like no other and I en­cour­age peo­ple from right across the Wim­mera to take the op­por­tu­nity to see and hear these amazing over­seas and Aus­tralian per­form­ers.”

Peo­ple can call Adelle Rohrsheim on 0431 820 493 or email oa­sis-rain­[email protected]­mail.com for more in­for­ma­tion. Small Town Trans­for­ma­tions is funded by the State Gov­ern­ment and de­liv­ered by Re­gional Arts Vic­to­ria.

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