By Other Eyes Performance for Schools | BREC

By Other Eyes

Run Time 75 minutes no interval
Price From $15 per student no bf
Presented By BREC & Breaksea

Recommended for children aged 8+
School choirs are invited to register to perform in the production

23 May 2020
7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate and discover the contribution and stories of our South West Aboriginal servicemen.

By Other Eyes is a community arts project and choral-theatre performance commemorating the centenary of Armistice, the end of the First World War. It is performed by a cast of professional and community performers from across the South West with the UWA Conservatorium of Music Philharmonic Orchestra.

The show is created in partnership with local Noongar elders and acknowledges the active service of many Aboriginal men in the two Great Wars and other Australian conflicts and in particular the injustice and discrimination faced by returned servicemen post war. The themes explored in the project transverse all cultures and ages: a yearning for homeland, our shared love of family and country and the need to belong.

The consulting elders all had either fathers or grandfathers that served overseas as part of the Australian military.

It invites elders to share with the wider public, bring recognition to their ancestors and build relationships for the future. It shares knowledge between elders and youth to lead cultural education and as a vehicle for basic language rejuvenation.

By Other Eyes is a testament to the power of music, song and storytelling as an agent of positive cultural development.

Cast & Team

Created and Directed by Matt Ward
Music by Jonathan Brain
Sound Art by Jean-Michel Maujean
Conductor Professor Alan Lourens
Soloists Andrew Foote, Sara Macliver, Sheyan Tidswell. Shantay Tidswell, Rachael Colmer, Jarrad Inman, Willie Staude, Maggie Staude and Thomas Croucher
Local soloists Billie Court & Rob Littlewood

2020 By Other Eyes is presented by: Matt Ward of Breaksea Inc, UWA Conservatorium of Music, BREC, West Australian Opera, City of Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre and generously supported by The Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries and Alcoa. Consulting Elder: Eliza Woods, Southern Aboriginal Corporation.

Engagement Opportunities

School choirs are invited to register below to take part in this unique performance and perform live on the BREC Stage.

Bookings & Enquiries can be made to BREC’s Education Team online via email or by telephone 08 9792 3111.

Set against the backdrop of the First World War, this work offers a contemporary perspective on what it means to truly remember.

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Join the Choir and Perform Live On Stage

BREC invites your school choir to be a part of By Other Eyes, a unique work which reminds us about the importance of family and homeland. Written in 2018 and featuring music commissioned to mark 100 years since the end of WWI, the show is sung by a massed choir and celebrated soloists, with The UWA Conservatorium of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, dialogue by actors and introductions by Aboriginal elders. The show shares stories of Aboriginal families’ involvement in Australian wars and brings recognition to their forefathers who faced such discrimination when they returned home.

The performance has 40 minutes of music and includes one song for specifically for school groups. The Kawaar Song is based on the dreamtime story of the red-capped parrot flying through the Stirling Mountain Range. School choirs also have the option to learn and perform additional songs including the finale.

How can your school choir can participate?

Express your interest by completing the online form with details of your school choir. We will be in touch to confirm your place once all interest has been registered. We encourage you to complete the online form as soon as possible as numbers will be capped when we reach capacity.

Everything you need to learn/teach the music will be provided including music scores, lyric sheets and learning tracks via email.

As part of the project you are entitled to one free incursion workshop led by the project producer and director, Matt Ward. Where possible, an Aboriginal elder will also be available to speak about the historical significance of the project.

Register your school choir for the workshop

Spaces are limited, so please register your school choir as soon as possible.

A member of our team will be in touch to confirm your space and supply further information along with the teaching resources pack.

Bookings & Enquiries can be made to BREC’s Education Team online via email or by telephone 08 9792 3111.