Urban Theatre Projects installs its surround-sound pavilion, Blak Box, in the heart of Western Sydney.
In Blak Box, elders and future leaders from Blacktown’s Aboriginal community invite audiences into a surround-sound listening pavilion, to hear stories and gain a deeper and broader understanding of contemporary Aboriginality.
A brand-new program of works – Four Winds – has been curated by Daniel Browning with elders, young people and musicians from Blacktown, Australia’s most populous urban First Peoples community.
Four Winds is both a remembering of the past and a collective vision for the future. The artists, 94-year-old elder Uncle Wes Marne, Senior Darug Elder Aunty Edna Watson and teens Savarna Russell and Shaun Millwood speak to each other across a silence – a divide or gulf – engaging each other in a dialogue that bridges generational divides.
The work is informal and inquisitive, sombre and funny, gentle and insistent, powerfully highlighting the urgent need for all their voices to be heard.
Blak Box is designed by award-winning architect Kevin O’Brien with lighting by Karen Norris.