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Songs and on-site art bring Barangaroo stories to life

Songs and on-site art bring Barangaroo stories to life

Aurora Eora is a new cultural experience at Barangaroo, which brings its stories to life through song and art.

The series kicks off with a free twilight concert of new songs composed for Barangaroo, and includes an outdoor art exhibition and an immersive sound installation in the Cutaway.

Gondwana Choirs has been engaged under the Barangaroo Delivery Authority’s Artistic Associates Program to produce and perform six original compositions responding to the Barangaroo site.

Lyn Williams OAM, Gondwana Choirs founder and Artistic Director, engaged composer Alice Chance to create works for children’s voices to represent moments in Barangaroo’s history, including the continuity of Australia’s First Peoples, telling stories of Barangaroo and Bennelong’s first encounter with European settlers, the colonial town, finding work on the Hungry Mile during the Great Depression and the sounds of the urban city.

To showcase the performances by the Sydney Children’s Choir and the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, for three weeks the Cutaway at Barangaroo will house Aurora Eora, a sublime sound installation transforming the space into an immersive harmonic experience like no other.

To animate these stories and songs, the Authority has also partnered with Lendlease and Art Month Sydney for the curation of an outdoor exhibition of four newly commissioned contemporary artworks that respond to the compositions. The works on hoardings are by acclaimed contemporary Australian artists Reko Rennie, Tony Albert, Karen Black and Joan Ross. A new work by artist Gemma Smith will be a digital-only experience.

The artworks have been installed at Nawi Cove, Barangaroo Reserve and around Barangaroo’s restaurant and commercial hub. They will be on public display until at least Sunday, 28 May.

The large-scale sound installation will run for three weeks from Sunday, 26 March to Monday, 17 April (free, open 10am–5pm) alongside an animated version of all the artworks, which will be displayed on a digital screen at the Cutaway.

A free twilight concert will be held on Saturday, 25 March at 7pm at the Cutaway with more than 300 children from Sydney Children’s Choir performing all six songs.

Sandra Bender, the Authority’s Executive Director, Activation and Precinct Management, said: “We aim to create new ways of experiencing the story of Barangaroo through the Artistic Associates Program. This collaboration brings together a leader in Australian choral performance and some of Australia’s most dynamic contemporary visual artists to create a sensory and consuming artwork.”

Barangaroo’s Artistic Associates Program is a multi-disciplinary artist-in-residence program under the Barangaroo Public Art and Cultural Plan, designed to capture moments in time and deepen the experience of Barangaroo.

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