Productions

Shelter

Skin

Inspired by the ravishing works of the late Aboriginal artist, Emily Kame Kngwarrye, Shelter is an abstract portrayal of the traditional hunting and gathering process, inspired by living off the land.

Productions

About

Shelter is inspired by the ravishing works of the late Aboriginal artist, Emily Kame Kngwarrye, and draws on the cultural practices of the women of Australia’s Central Desert and Utopia regions, to create images of extraordinary beauty. It is an abstract portrayal of the traditional hunting and gathering process, inspired by living off the land. It begins with the women hunting small animals, gathering berries and bush medicines, using the digging sticks to get nutritional roots from the ground.

This production features the First Nations' language Pitjantjatjara (Central Desert).


Sections of Shelter

  • Hunting & Gathering - An abstract portrayal of traditional hunting and gathering methods, inspired by Aboriginal women who nurture and maintain the land harsh Australian earth.
  • Nesting - Aboriginal women gather for ‘women’s business’ on a sacred ground where a woman conceives a spirit through the land. The birthing sequence follows her journey through the grief of a stillbirth to the final cleansing and release of the spirit.
  • Toxic - Inspired by central desert women experiencing the effect of mining projects on traditional desert homelands and culture.

Duration: 33 Minutes


Shelter premiered in 2000 in the double bill Skin which included Shelter and Spear.

Productions

Credits

Productions

Touring

Premiere Season: National Tour | 2000
Skin: Shelter program 2000

    • National tour NSW, VIC, QLD
      2000

Adelaide Festival | 2002
Skin Program | Adelaide Festival | 2002