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Katie Yap | Multitudes – Night Herons with Emily Sheppard
24 November 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT$20 – $30
Freedman Fellowship Project NOV 3 to 24
“Our world is filled with contradictions: technology affords us the opportunity to be the most connected we’ve ever been, yet we are the loneliest society that has lived. We proudly say we are a global, multicultural community, and yet there are barriers everywhere we turn. Our own identities are fractured, containing multitudes, yet struggling to create a single whole.
Multitudes is a response and an antidote to these breakdowns in connection. Storytelling is one of humanity’s greatest tools; my vision is to tell my own story through live creation, active participation, and genuine, vulnerable sharing of an intimate space with collaborators and audience.
Multitudes involves the creation of four new works through collaborative composition and improvisation. Each will be based on one of Judith Wright’s bird poems, which my mother introduced to me, along with a love of birds themselves.” Katie Yap
Night Herons – with Emily Sheppard
Emily and I have been friends and colleagues for over ten years, and have an instinctive improvisational connection, combining folk and classical styles. Playing with her is a joyous experience, and so is playing her music—I released her work Aftermath as a music video in 2021, and have performed it many times in concerts. Night Herons captures an ephemeral quality of wonder, which characterises my musical relationship with Emily.
3 Nov – Black Cockatoos with Donald Nicolson
10 Nov – Passenger Pigeons with Bowerbird Collective
17 Nov – Migrant Swift with Mindy Meng Wang
24 Nov – Night Herons with Emily Sheppard
Image: Lewis Luman Cross (American, 1864–1951) Passenger Pigeons, c. 1900. Oil on canvas, 78 5/8 x 132 inches. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Gift of Ruth Skwarek in memory of Elsa and Henry Mueller, 1983.1.19. Image courtesy of Grand Rapids Art Museum.