Mathinna Image Gallery: Drowning

  • Tasmania
  • Choreography, Costumes, Sets & Lighting, Highlights, Performance

This scene suggests the sense of drowning, as increasingly desperate circumstances overtake Mathinna to the point where she leaves this life as a young woman - alone and abandoned. The final part of this scene is a ceremony to honour the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, who despite the ravages of the colonial times, continue their journey through cultural inheritance and strength in community. At the end of this scene, Mathinna’s spirit travels back to her father’s country continuing the kinship line and ensuring cultural survival.

The images within this gallery were captured by photographers Jeff Busby (Main Stage Season, 2008) and Greg Barrett (Regional Tour, Cairns, 2010).

Inspired by a young girl’s journey between two cultures, Mathinna traces the story of a young Aboriginal girl removed from her traditional home and adopted into western colonial society, only to be ultimately returned to the fragments of her original heritage.