Word reaches us of something a little bit different in town for the Centenary of Canberra Children’s Festival:
Biami, a local production specially commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra children’s festival, is a cross-country collaboration between a Wiradjuri man from central western NSW and a Noongar playwright and poet from Western Australia.
Co-creator Duncan Smith, who hails from the Dubbo region, is a professional performer and visual artist well known in Canberra for his traditional and contemporary art and for his work with the popular dance group The Wiradjuri Echoes.
Maitland Schnaars, who plays Biami, is a Noongar man and graduate of the WA Academy of Performing Arts who co-founded international theatre company Corazon de Vaca.
“Their collaboration resulted in Duncan developing Biami into an interactive theatre and dance performance as part of the Centenary’s Indigenous cultural program,” said Adam Stankevicius, the Centenary’s General Manager.
“It will be performed several times a day at Kids, Creatures and 100 Harlequins in Glebe Park this Friday and Saturday, and the company hopes to remount it for future touring.