Posted on February 28, 2012 - by sophia
“… irresistibly seductive: within ten minutes, Jamieson has his audience eating out of his hand.”Â
-Â Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes
Albert Namatjira brought the Australian desert landscape to the world for the first time with his unique watercolour style. At the height of his fame, his shows sold out within minutes. He painted for the Queen, and was the first Australian Aboriginal to be made a legal citizen of his own country.Â He supported over 600 members of his community, lost two of his ten children to malnutrition, was forbidden to own land, made an example of, imprisoned for something he didn’t do â€“ and died a broken man.
Half a century after his death, the charismatic performer Trevor Jamieson with Derik Lynch, retell this story, joined by Namatjira’s descendants – 3rd generation watercolour artists – who fill stages with a huge chalk drawing of Namatjira’s desert country.
Where the show tours, the project follows…The aim is to get local communities involved in sharing and learning, and we do this throughÂ watercolour masterclasses, movement workshops, seminars, talks and cultural exchange opportunities.Â Community workshops are an integral part of the Namatjira project – both on tour and on the ground. They’re a way of bringing people together, sharing skills and promoting cultural exchange.
Key workshops have been run for members of the public at various locations on tour. This includes watercolour masterclasses by artists in the Namatjira family, and movement workshops run by performers Trevor Jamieson and Derik Lynch. In addition, the project has arrangedÂ Cultural Exchange eventsÂ to bring people from the local Indigenous nation together with members of the Namatjira family and key performers.Â The Namatjira project has toured to many different communities and cities within Australia. We are very aware what a special thing it is to be visiting other people’s country.
For detailed production information and technical specifications for the show please CLICK HERE