"Saltbush has that wonderful combination, using state of the art technology with movement and art to create a truly memorable and moving performance." - Tony Reekie Imaginate Festival Director, Edinburgh
"Children’s theatre doesn’t get any better than this… the perfect fusion of dance, art and breathtaking digital design" - The Sunday Mail, Australia
"… involving, engaging, theatrical magic that could and should play any theatre in the world" - Sunday Mail, Adelaide
"Children’s theatre doesn’t get any better than this. This inspired array of Italian and Aboriginal artists is the perfect fusion of dance, art and breath taking digital design" - Sunday Mail, Adelaide
"enchanting and completely captivating for four-to-eight year olds and everyone else as well" - The Advertiser, Adelaide
"E allora il fiume, i serpenti e gli uccelli, il boomerang e la notte stellata sono i protagonisti di uno spettacolo che, grazie all’interazione, diventa punto d’incontro fra i riti ancestrali degli aborigeni australiani (sottolineati dai racconti e dai canti di Lou Bennet) e il rito di un teatro inteso come festa (in questo caso per bambini), gioco, espiazione, magia (con video che interagiscono direttamente con lo stupore dei più piccoli). A questa miscela di video-arte, danza e canto, si aggiunge un notevole stile figurativo e cromatico, volto a stimolare il cervello e la sensibilità del pubblico bambino" - Simone Pacini, Krapp’s Last Post
Saltbush is a plant that can be found throughout Australia in almost all Aboriginal lands, and so it represents a common thread between all the different nations of Australian indigenous peoples. This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance and instrumental music that were created by the Aboriginal artists in this production. These artistic forms were used as a means of interpreting the natural features of the landscape in an indigenous mythological context.
Through its sensor and infrared cameras, allows the children to interact, play and perform in the production and provides an immersive experience of the artwork. This also provides a unique experience for parents and teachers as they watch the children become involved.
The narrative centres on the journey of two friends and their spiritual guide on foot as they cross Australian landscapes - river country, an urban landscape, desert and the sea. The journey is one of discovering the land, growing an understanding and acknowledging how it challenges or provokes personal journeys.
TPO’s award winning artistry in multi-media theatre for young people is combined with the work of acclaimed professional Aboriginal artists Lou Bennett (music), Delwyn Mannix (visual art), Deon Hastie and Anna Balducci (choreography), Sasha Zahra (dramaturgy) under the artistic direction of Come Out director Jason Cross and TPO director Davide Venturini.