Posted by: Richard | December 11, 2014

2014 Summer Solstice marks another Wonderful Year

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Some of Elizabeth’s friends gathered on Sunday 21 November at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre to celebrate the longest day and closing of the year. It was a lovely evening, warm but not too hot – and without the torrential storms of some recent years. We were delighted to have Ngambiri Elder, Shane Mortimer, to welcome us to Country and perform an Ochre ceremony. A couple of our photos show him passing Mirramu soil through his hands symbolising the dispersal of differences between us.  His brief history lesson including an explanation of his matriarchal heritage was most instructive for us all.

As always for Mirramu Summer Solstice, there was circle dancing for everyone, plenty of good food to share and some people also shared their musical and other creative talents with fellow guests. Susan Clarke and Michael Norris debuted a spellbinding musical composition for horn and electronica.  We hope to see this work professionally recorded for others to enjoy. Helga Luger (a friend who had been visiting Mirramu from Austria) joined Elizabeth in the “Dance of the Thread”, which was a stage two development of an improvisation they both had performed at the Choreolab in August 2014 at Sebastian Prantl’s atelier in St Margarethen near Eisenstadt, Austria.  Ryan, Nitya, Tim and Michael produced an evocative improvised piece – as the moths and bugs went crazy around the lights and night closed in. Mirramu’s night sky was full of stars as guests left, all with thoughts of Christmas and the New Year in their heads and special gratitude for the beauty of our Australian landscape in their hearts.

Mirramu thanks everyone for your wonderful support in 2014 and wishes you a serene holiday time with family and friends. We look forward to a fabulous year throughout 2015, a very big one for Elizabeth and her team, especially with so many Australian Dance Theatre 50th Anniversary events on the calendar along with Mirramu Dance Company’s performance schedule. There is also Elizabeth’s personal program of performances and appearances. Stay in touch with us via Facebook and the website and we will try to make sure you know about our activities well in advance so that we see you all as often as we can during the year.

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