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Peta Murray

Presented in Season 2 2018

Performance essay & discussion

7pm, Thurs 15 Nov
7pm, Fri 16 Nov
2pm & 4pm, Sat 17 Nov

80 mins
$20 / $15

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

Involves open discussion on death and dying, grief and loss


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What do we really know about death and dying, and how do we remember our dead? In this pair of works experienced in sequence, participants gently contemplate these questions and reminisce about those who have gone before, with artist – researcher Peta Murray.

vigil takes the form of an illustrated lecture. Fewer than five per cent of Australians prepare for their dying days. Wills go unwritten, and send-off plans unshared. Slow and still, vigil poses questions and calls us to action, asking us to consider our own plans for dying.

In wake, share your experiences of grief and loss as participants make a communal work of ephemeral meaning. A collective memorialisation, Wake is a space for creation and conversation, focused on each other, our lives and our loved ones.

An intimate experience in two parts, vigil/wake crosses the borders of art and health, asking how ageing and dying might be re-imagined as creative acts.

“…something altogether different, an immersive ritualised work.” Australian Stage, on Missa Pro Venerabilibus (with Heather Horrocks and Robin Laurie)

Creator & Performer:
Peta Murray
Rachel Burke, Jane Murphy

Supported by – vigil/wake is supported by The GroundSwell Project; RMIT University; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Peta Murray