Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Songs and on-site art bring Barangaroo stories to life

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A free twilight concert of new songs composed for Barangaroo, an outdoor art exhibition and an immersive sound installation in the Cutaway will all be launched this Saturday 25 March.

Named Aurora Eora, the series of new cultural experiences will bring Barangaroo’s stories to life through song and art.

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 and around Barangaroo’s restaurant and commercial hub. They will be on public display until at least 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.

Songs performed by Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir





Barangaroo and Bennelong

Studies of Barangaroo, 2017

Tony Albert
Born 1981
Lives and works in Sydney

Waterman’s Quay and Nawi Cove

Eye of the Sound Storm

Multi Coloured Adaptable #4

Gemma Smith
Lives and works in Sydney

Digital only

The Hungry Mile

Skimming the Water, 2017

Karen Black
Born 1961

Exchange Place

The Millers Point Mob

All You Can Eat Seafood Buffet, 2017

Joan Ross
Born 1961
Lives and works in Sydney

Nawi Cove

Nya wali banga

Home Sweet Home, 2017

Reko Rennie
Born 1974
Lives and works in Melbourne

Nawi Cove

Aurora Eora

No artwork.


Soundscape in the Cutaway

Photo: Composer Alice Chance with Artist Tony Albert in front of his artwork, on display at Nawi Cove and Watermans Quay, Barangaroo.