Mathinna

Mathinna Image Gallery: Exile 1

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

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.

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

Exile 1

In Exile 1, the dancer who represents Mathinna appears by herself. Her movements are orientated from the ground towards a larger space. Her facial expression and her body language suggest fear and sadness. At the same time, her movements echo the traditional dances of her people. The other women join Mathinna and through movement they illustrate the grooming of hair while Lady Jane Franklin appears working at her sewing machine. The design, the staging, the music and the choreography all work to draw distinctions about cultural difference.