Join us as we celebrate and discover the contribution and stories of Aboriginal servicemen in a moving and large scale performance.
By Other Eyes is created in partnership with 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 transverse all cultures and ages: a yearning for homeland, our shared love of family and country and the need to belong.
A community arts project and choral-theatre performance, By Other Eyes commemorates the centenary of Armistice, the end of the First World War. Performed by a cast of professional and community performers from across the South West with the UWA Conservatorium of Music Philharmonic Orchestra, a massed choir and soloists from WA Opera, Bunbury and Albany, this will be a night of music and storytelling you won’t forget.
The consulting elders all had either fathers or grandfathers that served overseas as part of the Australian military. The project invites elders to share with the wider public, bring recognition to their ancestors and build relationships for the future. Despite their unfair treatment, these elders extend a graciously warm message – that if we all work together, we can make our part of the world a better place.
By Other Eyes is a testament to the power of music, song and storytelling as an agent of positive social and cultural change.
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.
Call out to community choirs, singing groups and singers of all abilities in Bunbury to join the chorus!
By Other Eyes is a community singing workshop series and performance bringing important recognition to returned Aboriginal Servicemen.
BREC invites you to be a part of this unique work which reminds us about the importance of family and homeland. Written in 2018 and featuring specially commissioned music to mark 100 years since the end of WWI.
Sung by a massed choir with UWA Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra and celebrated soloists with 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 with 6 choral pieces. Presented at BREC and Perth Concert Hall, we invite choirs and individuals from the community to be a part of this very special performance to sing on the BREC stage celebrating our community voice and local Aboriginal veterans.
How to participate?
Express your interest by completing the online form with your details or details of your community choir or singing group. 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 free of charge including music scores, lyric sheets and learning tracks via email or by collection from BREC.
Rehearsal in your community
You are welcome to learn the 6 songs with your choir (25 minutes of music) and join us at BREC for the final rehearsals and performance. This option includes two free singing workshops by Producer Matt Ward at your venue. For selected workshops an Aboriginal Elder will also be available to speak about the historical significance of the project.
Rehearsal at BREC
If you prefer, individuals and choirs are invited to BREC to attend group rehearsals led by Marguerite Monagle of South West Opera Company.
BREC rehearsal dates for choirs and individuals will be on Monday evenings: March 16, 23, 30; April 6 and May 4, 11 & 18. On May 22 there will be an on-stage rehearsal in the evening and on 23 May there will be a dress rehearsal in the afternoon with the performance at 7pm.
You are also have the option to join the rehearsal and performance at Perth Concert Hall on 15-16th May 2020 the week prior, if you let us know on your online application.
Ready to register to take part in the choral workshops and performances?