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11 March 2020

Topology will proudly present the world premiere performance of composition ‘Drought Stories – Texas’ at QAGOMA’s Water Up Late on Friday 20 March.

Composed by Topology principal, virtuoso musician/composer, John Babbage, Drought Stories – Texas features stories from the town of Texas, QLD. This work is the first instalment of a Topology produced seven-episodic performance piece titled Drought Stories that delves creatively, using multi-media including documentary and audio clips, into the climatic hardships faced by individuals and regional Queensland towns from the long-form drought of the last five-years. Drought Stories – Texas is a micro-doc of conversations with Texas locals, interviewed and produced by local creative house TheStoryBoxes accompanied by John’s beautiful score.

Topology will perform Drought Stories – Texas at Water Up Late, an after-dark event in conjunction with ‘Water’, a major exhibition of contemporary Australian and international art now showing at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

Topology’s musical program for Water Up Late includes:

  • Lady from the Sea – composed by Robert Davidson (a collaboration with Abinhaya Theatre Company)
  • Ocean’s Skin – composed by John Babbage (a collaboration with Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre)
  • From the Depths – composed by John Rotar (Bundaberg collaboration with filmmaker and local Bundaberg composers)
  • Crystal Clear – composed by Robert Davidson
  • Drought Stories – Texas – World Premiere – composed by John Babbage and micro-doc by StoryBoxes
  • Lost at Sea – composed by John Babbage
  • Illumination, The Right One – composed by Bernard Hoey and John Babbage

Announcing the World Premiere of Drought Stories – Texas Creative Director Christa Powell said, “This is a very exciting work for us. We have been working with these communities in regional Queensland for many years and have developed close relationships. It is fantastic to be able to premiere Drought Stories at such a significant exhibition.”

"These stories from regional Queensland are stories the world needs to hear.”

6.00 – 10.30pm | Friday 20 & 21 Saturday 2020 March | GOMA |
Ticketed Over two massive nights audiences can experience the major exhibition ‘Water’ along with live music by cutting-edge musicians performing on indoor and outdoor stages, pop-up performances, playful science activations, karaoke, bars & dining, and more! Water Up Late is presented as part of Curiocity Brisbane 2020.

Fri 20 Mar: Gordon Koang | Miiesha | Montaigne | Topology | DJs: Sweaty Baby & Boom Boom Bean Selecta
Sat 21 Mar: Adrian Eagle | LÂLKA | Mildlife | Robert Forster | DJs: Paolo & Hannah D
Every night: Pop-up performances: Casus Circus | Bathroom Beats: Shower Karaoke | Science+Chill Lounge


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(Disclaimer: Since the time of publishing, this performance had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions around live performances. Topology went on to release the premiere of Drought Stories – Texas online on 1 May 2020.)