Announcement: Meet the Street to Stage artists

From top left: Kathleen Gonzalez, Robert K Champion, Uncle Herb Patten, Garret Lyon, Breanna Lee and Deejai, David Ottosen and Kalinda Palmer.

YIRRAMBOI Street to Stage program has been developed through Barring Yanabul, translating to ‘we all walk the path’ in the shared local languages of the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung peoples. Barring Yanabul is  an epic free program showcasing more than 80 First Nation creatives that blak out Melbourne’s iconic public spaces and lane-ways through contemporary practices.

Born after the success of Barring Yanabul, Street to Stage will showcase the further developed works of five creatives for an industry only audience.

It is with great excitement that YIRRAMBOI announce the five successful creatives.

Collaboration duo – Robert K Champion and Uncle Herb Patten,
Gum Leaf & Guitar (working title) 

Robert is a Gubrun, Kokatha and Mirning musician, who creates and performs country ballads and melodic songs, and has toured nationally with multiple well-known bands.

In Uncle Herb’s hands, a gumleaf can produce remarkable musical sounds as sweet and seductive as a blues harmonica player. Uncle Herb taught himself to play the leaf when he was about eight years old and has been skilled and passionate since then.

With both Robert and Uncle Herb’s talents, they will travel to Uncle Herb’s Country in Gippsland, exchange stories and co-write new songs together that showcase their skills as respective gum leaf player and guitarist in this collaboration.

Deejai and Breanna Lee, Local Wemba Wemba Brother and Sister

Deejai is a young rapper who has just released his debut single Book Cover in 2019. With his performing experience at YIRRAMBOI and BlakHEART, he is dedicated to make a change with his music for his community.

Breanna is one to watch out for. A rising star still in her high school days from the inner north of Melbourne. She has focused on a career in the performing arts and has played at multiple festivals and community events.

Redeveloping from their work at Barring Yanabul, this brother and sister duo will also engaged with other First Nations artists and dancers, which provides a platform for more young First Nations creatives to be seen

Garret Lyon, Crazy In Love

Garret’s beautiful vocals amazed and impressed the Bourke Street Mall audience at Barring Yanabul. Combining his original music with cabaret, Garret is determined to showcase high energy, fierce and fabulous Beyoncé medley’s in heels.

Crazy In Love is an intimate cabaret style show exploring Garret’s bittersweet experience back on country on Darumbal/Wulli Wulli lands and his gay craze and love haze.

Global First Nations, Totem x Existence

Global First Nations creators David Ottosen and Kalinda Palmer presented two amazing exhibitions: David’s Safe Spaces showcased a collection of photos highlighting the diversity of First Nations people living in Melbourne and Greenland, whilst Kalinda presented What’s Your Totem? exploring the relationship between First Nations identities and the natural environment, all during Barring Yanabul 2019.

Totem x Existence is an extension from their two exhibitions, which evolves with multidisciplinary forms including video art, graphic design, filmmaking and creative writing to synthesize and celebrate the resilience of First Nations culture and present-day practices of totemism.

Kathleen Gonzalez, Secretos de la Raiz (Secrets of the Roots) 

Kathleen is First Nations Colombian, an exquisite contemporary artist and ethnologic dance investigator. She researches contemporary and interactive emotional dancing, exploring the wisdom and practices of the ancestors through dance. 

Secretos de la Raiz is an experimental contemporary dance performance that explores concepts of ancestral knowledge and the role of ritual within communities. By creating a sacred ceremonial space and reconnecting the contemporary and ancestral worlds, the project aims to enliven a community ritual experience for participants.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates.

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