Victorian Opera presents Parrwang Lifts the Sky, a Relaxed Performance for primary and secondary school students.
Written by Yorta Yorta soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO, this vibrant new work tells the creation story of the sunrise from the oral history of the Wadawurrung people.
Did you know that magpies created the first dawn?*
A long time ago….
The sky was a blanket on the land. The earth was in darkness and the people were afraid. It was a very sad state of affairs and would have stayed that way except for the courage of Parrwang the Magpie.
Tjatjarrang (Big Sister) and Koki (Brother) are young, adventurous and tired of living in the dark. When they manage to climb to the highest branches of an ancient gum tree, they discover an exciting new world and a steadfast friend in Parrwang, who decides to help the young humans lift the blanket of darkness from the ground.
A plan is devised, but can Parrwang convince the Great Council of Birds to agree?
*Based on a traditional story from Wadawurrung Country.
Prepare for the performance with Victorian Opera’s Access All Areas: Livestream Program. Join us inside the rehearsal room to meet the cast and creative teams, discover Wadawurrung culture and learn about how a production comes together on stage.
Relaxed Performances are for anyone who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, especially audience members with a disability. The doors to the theatre remain open, and sound and lighting cues may be adjusted. There is a relaxed attitude to movement and noise and you can leave the auditorium if you need a break. A designated quiet area is provided and a visual story is available to help prepare for your visit. It describes the story line, characters and coming to the venue, so that the experience is familiar and enjoyable. The seating capacity of the venue may be reduced.
Relaxed Performances are recommended for Special Development Schools and any schools who may require a more relaxed environment in which to experience this performance. Please email email@example.com for more information.
|Learning Areas||Capabilities||Cross-curriculum Priorities|
Drama and Music
|Critical and Creative Thinking||Learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures|
Victorian Aboriginal Languages
||Personal and Social Capability|
Available April 2021