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Black Drop Effect

Examining adversarial views on Captain Cook’s legacy, Nardi Simpson’s Black Drop Effect is an immersive, multi-layered exploration of the fallout of Australia’s colonisation.

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Black Drop Effect

Date: 2 Dec 2019

Hold your index finger and thumb close together against a bright background, then bring them together.

They seem to touch before they actually do. That, in its simplest form, is the Black Drop Effect.

It’s also a new play by Yuwaalaraay woman Nardi Simpson, an immersive, multi-layered exploration of black and white, generational conflict, and the ongoing effects of colonisation.

Binno is an Aboriginal elder and erstwhile member of a community dance group who is asked to present a series of traditional dances alongside an actor reading extracts from Captain Cook’s diaries for a January 26th celebration.

Binno is unsure, until his straight-talking sister Beenie convinces him to teach the dances to three young men seeking connections with culture, country and their place in the world. As they learn the dances and understand their meanings, a bigger plan emerges …

Produced by Bankstown Arts Centre, and directed by Felix Cross, Black Drop Effect is an immersive, multi-layered experience that draws audiences into the contested space of ideas and emotions inspired by 250 years of Australia’s colonial history.

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