Posted by: Richard | March 4, 2015

January 2015 news

Elizabeth was super busy during January. Having been a finalist in the ACT Senior Australian of the Year Awards, she was a guest at the Australia Day award ceremony on 26 January in Canberra. It was a moving occasion which really impressed everyone in the audience with how much so many people do to contribute to making us a better society. Mirramu congratulates all the winners in the four categories – Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Local Hero and Young Australian of the Year. What fine people!

ON 6 January Elizabeth was delighted to attend the opening of an exhibition entitled Between: Picturing Taiwan 1950 to 1960s. at the Australian Centre on ChIna in the World at the Australian National University. The exhibition opening coincided with the formal opening reception for the international Conference on Taiwan Studies. Taiwan: The View from the South. The exhibition featured both painting and photography by artists from the early 2oth century to the present day. Mirramu’s strong cultural connections with Taiwan go back to the 1970s when Elizabeth toured Australian Dance Theatre there and it is very gratifying to still have deep artistic ties with the dance community there.

Also during January Elizabeth worked with the community dance group from Canberra Dance Theatre,  GOLD, leading to a performance at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 January. Some of the GOLD dancers stayed at Mirramu as guests and others worked over a week at daily rehearsals and learning workshops. This was a very moving experience for many of these dancers including some who had not visited Mirramu Creative Arts Centre before. The project was led by Liz Lea with Elizabeth as guest choreographer working, amongst other things, on a piece to a commissioned music work by David Pereira. David played live at this performance. A choreography by Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal was also performed. A goodly sized crowd formed an appreciative audience.

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