THE SHEARERS BALLET
The Shearers Ballet partnered with Arts Out West and the CORRIDOR project.
The rituals, gestures and actions of the shearing shed will be fuel for a new theatre and dance performance, The Shearers Ballet, performed by men and women who were once active in the wool trade as shearers, handlers and wool classers.
Developed in the Cowra area of Central West NSW, the unique regional project funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. It is the latest, exciting component of the SILOS Project that will culminate in a major community performance event in 2017.
Patrick Nolan as director and Alison Plevey as choreographer will lead the performance development. Composer Scott Saunders will work with a local musician on the soundscape. This professional team have all worked extensively in regional Australia and bring a great empathy and passion for creating work with community artists. They have worked closely with the Cowra and Canowindra communities since 2013 through previous phases of the SILOS Project.
Regional SILOS project wraps up
29 January 2017
An ambitious regional arts initiative, The SILOS Project, will be wound up, bringing to an early close a project that has captivated the imaginations of the Cowra- Canowindra communities in the NSW Central West.
The project team are pleased with the many legacies of this community-based project, despite being unsuccessful in obtaining competitive federal grants or philanthropic sponsorship that would have brought to fruition the third and final stage of the multi-year project.
The Silos Project partnered with Arts Out West and the CORRIDOR project. brings together a collection of Australia’s leading artists to work with the communities in the Central West district of NSW, presenting a powerful, life affirming story about our relationship with the land. Inspired by the dynamic structure of an annual agricultural show, the Silos Project celebrates the extraordinary riches of the region.
Starting with the remarkable Grossi fossil, the earliest evidence of our evolution from water to land, the audience interacts with performances - from intimate to large scale - that revel in the ingenuity and vigour of those who make this area home. Supported by a cast of local musicians, performers, aerialists, a hundred dancing children and the Mayor, the Silos Project is a once in a lifetime experience that will change the way you look at rural communities. SILOS PROJECT supported by Arts Out West, the CORRIDOR project, John Holland, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Cowra Council.