Spirit of '21 | Segment 9

by David Ryan | Performance Artists

From the waters that flow through Wiradjuri Ngurambang to the waters flowing through Dharug and Gundungurra Ngurra, we are connected. Matriarchs Rising pays homage to the First Nations women gathered together on Dabee Country by Cementa, to the poetry of Kirli Saunders, the beauty and power of the Wiradjuri language and to the resilience of our Mothers, our Grandmothers and all of the Matriarchs that have come before us.

Matriarchs Rising by Jo Clancy

Matriarchs Rising illustrates some of the choreographic concepts, developed by Jo Clancy (in collaboration with other First Nations women artists) on Dabee Country in April 2021 and on Dharug and Gundungurra Country during the 2021 Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

The artists afford us a generous insight into their socially engaged practice. This process of development contributed to the unforgettable solo performance by Jo Clancy of birrirra bandhung, a live experience that lifted up the audience at the opening ceremony of Cementa22.

About So’21

So’21 is an as-live-streamed public program. It is at once a memorial to the spirit of (what would have been) Cementa21, and a celebration of the irreverent, fun-loving and undiscouraged community soul of our artists and our festival IRL.

NEXT So’21 POST | 30 Nov 2022 | Tom Buckland | Fantastic Voyage

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Spirit of '21 | Segment 9
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Cementa Inc. acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the Traditional Custodians of the Country upon which we live, learn and work. We honour their Ancestors and pay our deepest respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Cementa Inc is generously supported by the NSW Government Create NSW