1 September 12
We returned today to Art with Altitude to see Stradbroke Dreamtime — a fine performance by the youth from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. Ben, Kaleenah and Alinta introduced themselves and opened their show with a beautiful song about the islands that lay off the coast of Brisbane’s metropolis.
The show is based on Kath Walker/Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s book of the same name (an excellent review of it can be found here). It contains stories of growing up Aboriginal as a lower class to the white people, confrontations with native wildlife, survival and relationships.
We only heard some of the stories from Stradbroke Dreamtime today, but the presentation was mesmerising. We also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with some of the art installations again and loved a silent performance by the Flipside Circus.
Later, the girls ask to go to a playground. We return to Colmslie Reserve, which has got to be one of the most imaginative playgrounds in Brisbane city.
It’s nice to get out again. We all benefit from the external stimulation, and I hope to do more of it next week!