Red River confronts a space which is rarely illuminated, but which is long overdue for a place in our public conversation: the realities of drought and how it effects those living in the most remote areas of Australia. Red River is emotionally challenging, deeply resonant, and heartbreakingly relevant to an agrarian country already being affected by global climate change. The juxtaposition of multicultural river-myths with true-life stories will give metropolitan audiences a new understanding of what it means to live with drought. It will deliver a raw, powerful experience which will shake up pre-existing notions, and provoke important questions which will lead people to give real consideration to the nature of the problems faced by people in rural Australia.
Director and Creator: Jordin Steele
Composer: Eve Klein
Librettist: Dirk Flinthart
Current Sounds: You are listening to Lily Lagoon on the outskirts of Longreach
WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL 2018
Red River Installation
Brisbane Powerhouse: 6th - 8th April
Telling authentic regional stories way can only be done by the regional community themselves. The Outcast team has, and will continue to travel to regional and remote communities to capture stories in multiple formats including photography, 360 video, drone footage, surround sound audio and written interviews.
It was wonderful to share some of the images and stories we have collected from regional women at the 2018 Women of the World Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of Festival 2018 for the Commonwealth Games. Click on the images below to experience a digital version of our installation.