Mathinna

Mathinna Image Gallery: The Ball

  • 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).

The Ball

This scene references the question of whether Mathinna was viewed as some sort of anthropological curiosity, a social experiment in assimilation, and/or a humanitarian gesture based on genuine motivations of one human being wanting to communicate and share with another. The work speculates as to what the attitude of the Franklins actually was, however the answer to these questions remains unknown.