WINTER NEWS – JUNE 2021
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LATEST TOPOLOGY NEWS
ECHOES IN THE DUST – QLD MUSIC TRAILS
We are delighted to be part of QMF’s pilot Outback Trail with our friends at Dead Puppet Society. Experience mind-bending musical virtuosity and astonishing visual theatre with the breathtaking backdrop of Baldy Top at twilight.
This July, over two evenings, we will bring this stunning location to life through imaginative visual theatre and enthralling soundscapes. More info and tickets here >>>
THE WAR ARTIST
Supported in creative development with Arts Queensland’s First Night Showcase Program funding, Topology’s John Babbage is working with Brisbane author Simon Cleary, animator Bruce Currie and vocal artist Pearly Black to create a new multi-media work based on Simon’s book The War Artist. In consultation with tattoo artists across Queensland, this new work explores the healing power of body art in response to emotional trauma and violence to the body.
On 10 September at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, Topology will present the first stage of this new major work. The War Artist will tour nationally in 2022-23.
TOPOLOGY CREATIVE ACADEMY NEWS
MEET OUR 2021 LAUNCHPAD MENTEES:
We are thrilled to be able to introduce our five newest Launchpad mentees: Zacariah Anderson, Josh Crawford, Robert Hislop, Shiralee Plowman, and Craig Rabnott.
Each of these emerging composers will receive a 12-month one-on-one creative mentorship where they have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with expert mentors including, Emma Dean, Nicole Murphy, Steven Kramer and Pearly Black.
EXCITING NEWS FOR LAUNCHPAD ALUMNI, RAY LIN
We are pleased to congratulate previous Launchpad participant, Ray Lin who recently won best Contemporary Classical work with his new composition Moonlight Illusion at the 2021 Queensland Music Awards. This is an incredible achievement and we can’t wait to see where Ray’s music takes him next.
Ray was a participant in Topology’s Launchpad Mentorship Program and Creative Bootcamp – Brisbane in 2018.
TAKING SHAPE IN NSW
MUSICA VIVA IN SCHOOLS TOUR
Two weeks of live performance – what a treat! Our Taking Shape team relished in delivering 28 shows across 12 schools in NSW this May-June.
Thank you to our Topology Taking Shape team; John Babbage, Gregory Daniel, Tabea Sitte and Sam Nock. And look out Western Australia – you’re next!
CREATIVE BOOTCAMP – BRISBANE
REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON
5 days of learning, collaboration and creativity are in store for emerging songwriters and composers of any age and musical background. Join us for group workshops, one-on-one tuition with an exemplary line-up of instructors PLUS a recording day of your original works.
Tue-Sat 6-10 July | 9am – 3pm daily
St Peters Lutheran College, Performing Arts Centre
GROWING CREATIVE COMMUNITIES NEWS
From the desk of JR, Regional Projects Manager
The first half of 2021 has seen our regional community projects getting back on track after the ups and downs of 2020. I have greatly enjoyed meeting new stakeholders and continuing to develop the collaborative relationships essential to the success of our Growing Creative Communities programs. Three recent and upcoming projects are worth a special mention.
1. ROCKY REVIVAL 2021
CREATIVE BOOTCAMPS – ROCKHAMPTON & MOUNT MORGAN
The Creative Bootcamps held in Rockhampton and Mount Morgan last month were a huge success. Trying out a new idea, we ran two Bootcamps simultaneously; a one-day Bootcamp in Mount Morgan and a four-day Bootcamp in Rockhampton, and then brought the two towns together in a Community Showcase at the Walter Reid Centre in Rockhampton on the fourth day.The Showcase performance was attended by a full house of friends and family from both towns and featured 13 different original music acts, ably supported by the 7-strong Topology tutor team, including local Rockhampton physical theatre creative, Oliver Skrzypczynski.
Special thanks goes out to our wonderful delivery partners, the Rockhampton Youth Orchestra.
2. BRING IT ON! WINTON
and WINTON OUTBACK FESTIVAL
Bring It On! Winton has seen our intrepid outback traveller, John Babbage, travelling out west to Winton to bring his special kind of creative magic to the two Winton schools, with a focus on assisting the local Council’s youth programs. Next up, we are facilitating a series of workshops in video storytelling to further engage the youth in Winton who expressed an interest in learning more about the art of film making.
The Bring it On! Winton program will culminate in creative workshops and performances at the Winton Outback Festival in September.
3. BIGGER THAN TEXAS!
Bigger Than Texas! is a new regional project building on our strong relationship with the community of Texas, QLD and the surrounding towns.
Following on from our visit to Texas State School in March (facilitating the donation of 32 string instruments), our Topology guitar tutor Lucas Montgomery and I returned to Texas this month to once again work with the state school students, this time helping them to prepare for their performance alongside the students from St Paul’s School, Bald Hills, who will visit Texas on their regional concert tour.
Living up to it’s name, Bigger Than Texas! will expand our community engagement to connect with over ten more schools and various community groups across the wider Goondiwindi Region, including the towns of Inglewood, Yelarbon, Goondiwindi, Kindon, Kioma and Bungunyah.