documentary

Resurrection Sunday dawn service in Chubikopi, Solomon Islands

Easter 2019, Chubikopi Village, Marovo Island, Solomon Islands

Photos by Lima Tura

The Rev’d Lima Tura writes: “The resurrection of Christ being dramatized by the women! Blessed Resurrection Sunday to all! These women are from the neighbouring village where I serve in Seghe Theological Seminary. One student and I came to this place for our Easter outreach program. We arrived here since Maunday Thursday and will be leaving back to where I am on Easter Monday.. This is the Sunday dawn service Easter morning.”

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Easter Dawn service with the women at Chubikopi Village, Marovo Island, Solomon Islands - All photos by the Rev. Lima Tura

Expression

PROTEST, PRAYER, DREAM:

A small exhibit of three photos: expressive moments, each with a distinct feeling.

I lifted these images out because they seem to coexist in an interesting way.

Image sources: in and around Melbourne. Country town, church, art gallery. A celebratory parade with strong elements of protest. Men deep in prayer at the Nigerian church. A pregnant women suspended in a dreamlike field of colour.

Enjoy the connections…. (click to zoom images)

All photos by Catherine Schieve… 2014-17

Nadja-Léona - Yes, we are mysterious, powerful...

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Who are you?
I am the soul in limbo.

Nadja-Léona, an activated installation performed at the Alliance Française of Melbourne. Dance with video, sound, text, architecture.

Nadja-Léona: concept and direction by Jude Walton with Finnish based performer Gesa Piper, dancers/choreographers: Michaela Pegum, Jo White, Hillary Goldsmith and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, composer/pianist Kym Dillon and artist Eliza Dyball.

Below, a few photos and thoughts after viewing the performance:
- by Catherine Schieve

After witnessing this wonderful, luminous work by Jude Walton and collaborators, I am left thinking about many aspects of dance performance that are intimately connected to the performance of ritual and worship. Here are a few jottings: The eloquence of the body in space; the ability of the body to create sacred space and to hold space; the mystery of objects and props, primal forms such as the egg; how text does and does not share meaning with gesture; how (even now!) the female form is rare as the “primary mover” in performance and worship; the beauty and humour of costume and mask; distance created by masking and ritual gestures creates space for meaning and imagination… and how architecture is enlivened by movement; how time perception is changed by witnessing human movement; and the very tangible presences of light and sound.

NOTE: These photos are only from the third, and final movement of the work. The first two movements were completely different, and occupied their own spaces; the first took place as a projection upon a dancer’s bare back. The second movement was in an underground crypt-like space and had a strong component of projected video, live music, and the texture of stone and light.

With thanks and appreciation to Jude Walton and company