“BIAMI,” by Duncan Smith and Maitland Schnaars is a new interactive theatre and dance performance produced for the “Kids, Creatures and 100 Harlequins” Centenary Children’s Week festivities.The play tells the story of the creation of our Australian landscape by the Wiradjuri people using puppets, masks and hands-on traditional music and dances.
The creative team is made up of Smith, co-writer and performer, Schnaars, co-writer and performer, Adelina Larsson, producer and choreographer The Wiradjuri Echoes, Nakiya Smith, Dylan Smith, Bevan Smith and Dakida Smith, Hilary Talbot, puppet maker and Patrice Wallace-Brandenburg, production/stage manager.
Local artist and performer Smith, relates the story:
“In the dreamtime Biami the creation spirit created the trees, animals and the land. After creating the earth, Biami then created the Dinnawhan, the female emu, whose spirit he used to create the Wiradjuri people; who now believe they are of the egg of Biami and the female spirit. Biami then placed Dinnawhan’s spirit in the stars, he then became the sky around her. Wiradjuri people believe that they can always find Dinnawhan’s spirit in the sky by locating the Southern Cross, which is in the shape of the female emu’s head.”
There’s a lot more to the story, but as they say in showbiz, you’ll just have to see the play.
“Biami,” public Performances at The Bally, Glebe Park, Coranderrk Street, Canberra, Saturday, October 26, 10.15am – 11am, 11.45pm – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.15pm.