IN MOTION explored the Centenary of Federation within Australia.
Federation occurred on the 9th May 1901 when the six Australian
colonies joined together under a federal system of government.
RHAPSODY IN MOTION began as a collaboration
between Koori poet Lisa Bellear, visual artists Sue Callanan and
Heidi Knoepfli and composers Eve Duncan, Joseph Giovinazzo and Peter
Myers in April 2000. The artists worked intensively over a twelve-month
period exploring Federation from multiple perspectives. This intensive
process has resulted in an integrated musical, visual and textual
experience, which culminated in two performance on Friday 6th and
Saturday 7th April 2001 at the South Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne,
Australia. RHAPSODY IN MOTION combined
text, visual art, contemporary classical music and Aboriginal dance
as it contemplated Federation.
IN MOTION gives place to many voices and perspectives in the deliberation
of Australias nationhood. It is at times harrowing and emotive,
sacred and celebratory.
RHAPSODY IN MOTION was auspiced by Multicultural
Arts Victoria, Inc and was generously supported by the Victorian
State Government through Centenary of Federation Victoria, and the
Community Support Fund under the Victorian Federation Grant Scheme;
Myer Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, School of Creative Media,
RMIT University, Australian National Academy of Music and Australian
Multicultural Foundation. Bay Leaf Catering provided in-kind sponsorship.
The web site is hosted by VICNET, a State Government of Victoria
initiative through the State Library of Victoria.