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Creative Associate

Tura New Music Ltd

THE PROJECT

In 2017, artist Jon Rose undertook a Tura New Music residency in Warmun where he worked with the community to explore intercultural enigmas represented in car wrecks. A singular wreck was identified by the community, modified and then “strung” and transformed into a unique sonic instrument. The process culminated in local performances with Warmun artists and school students. Following this, highly-acclaimed Gija artists were commissioned to paint on the wreck panels, with their paintings telling Gija stories from ancient to modern times. The object and significant documentation accompanying its various stages of creation, has since been acquired by WA Museum.

THE JOURNEY DOWN

With the support of the Elders and artists in Warmun, The Journey Down will be a production that has grown out of the various stages of development, including the original residency, the painting of the wreck and storytelling and documentation projects. The Journey Down tour is intended to be a celebration of cross-cultural collaboration, embodied in a significant cultural object making its way through regional Western Australia to its new home in Perth.

The Journey Down tour will take place over approximately three weeks in the first half of 2022.

THE ROLE

Working closely with Tura’s Artistic Director, the Warmun community in the East Kimberley and other key creatives, the Creative Associate will be responsible for bringing together the various existing elements and visions of The Journey Down into a singular touring production. The Creative Associate will collaborate with key project stakeholders and other creatives to develop a high-quality production that responds to the wreck as a sonic instrument and installation while maintaining the integrity of its creation. Mediums beyond the object itself, including dance, song, storytelling, projection, lighting as well as traditional and new music will be combined and curated to realise a new touring work for the transition of this cultural object from Warmun to Perth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the Artistic Director to bring together the existing elements of the project into a high-quality touring production
  • Ensure responsible community cultural development and engagement with the Warmun community
  • Collaborate with key project stakeholders, such as the Warmun community, the Producer, the Technical & Production Manager, and other creatives, in the development and implementation of the production
  • Support the casting of the production, with the advice of the Artistic Director and key Warmun Elders
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of the performers, lighting designers and choreographers
  • Approve sets, lighting, sound, costumes, props, etc. in consultation with the Artistic Director and Warmun Elders
  • Plan the development schedule, with the support of the Producer
  • Tour the production through regional Western Australia, as the cultural object makes its journey down to Perth

qualifications and experience

  • At least five (5) years’ experience successfully directing theatre and/or film productions
  • Knowledge and understanding of, and respect for, Indigenous cultural protocols and practices
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and to nurture and sustain meaningful partnerships over time
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the development and delivery of community cultural development programs
  • Strong positive work ethic
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Must hold a valid Australian C Class driver’s licence

Enquiries are to be emailed to admin@tura.com.au, using the subject line: Creative Associate enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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