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Black Birds

Presented in Season 1 2018

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House for Next Wave Festival 2018

6.30pm, Wed 9 May
6.30pm, Thurs 10 May
6.30pm, Fri 11 May – This session is cancelled
2.30pm & 5.30pm, Sat 12 May with Post-Show Q&A

50 mins
$20 / $15

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Cancelled show:
Due to unforeseen personal circumstances the artists are no longer able to perform Exhale at 6.30pm Friday 11 May, and as such this performance has been cancelled. Please call Arts House on (03) 9322 3720 if you had tickets to this performance so we can exchange or refund the tickets. Please note that an additional performance of Exhale has been scheduled on Saturday 12 May at 2.30pm.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and are happy to talk through any concerns on (03) 9322 3720.


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Show Programs:
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How do we find the light within the dark? How do we cultivate beauty out of trauma and begin to heal, for ourselves and one another?

Both interdisciplinary and intercultural, Exhale is about Indigeneity, accountability and trauma. It explores the relationships and boundaries forged between Indigenous cultures on foreign lands; negotiations between environmental and urban lifestyles; and the ability to heal through storytelling.

Exhale is the creation of Black Birds – a Sydney collective fast gaining kudos for energetic, uplifting performances that astutely dissect the female Black and Brown experience in Australia. Incorporating art forms including spoken word, movement, dance, song and story, Black Birds’ work is at once intimate and unexpected, challenging and empowering.

Creators & Performers:
Ayeesha Ash & Emele Ugavule

Supported by – Next Wave and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Emele Ugavule

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