Welcome to our 2023 Season
Celebrating 5 years of Breaksea, we present a full year of community engagement, celebrating Great Southern Artists, remembering Rob Castiglione, connecting with schools in the Great Southern and performances at the Albany Maritime Festival & in Perth City.
Get singing, creating and participating in Origins, reflect & unwind with Seachange & Breaksea Film Festival, get playful with Seadragon & awaken the soul with Thunderstorm.
Join us on this incredible journey, celebrating 5 years. This is Breaksea.
City of Joondalup Festival
- Community Choral Project
Workshops & Public Performance
March 2023 | Aurora Tent, Hillary’s Boat Harbour
Origins, this year’s City of Joondalup Community Choral Project was an exciting community activity that brought together singers of all ages and abilities from all over Perth. This was a great opportunity and open to all West Australians, to be together, have fun and learn something new!
Over 7 weeks with Music Director Pia Harris, the choir met weekly to participate in engaging and fun-filled sessions learning local songs with interesting processes and vocal parts.
Breaksea explored the idea of rebirth in music and the arts, celebrating our West Australian artists and homegrown storytelling. We dove into the WA Songbook from Birds of Tokyo to Tim Minchin; sang in Noongar language; and used the wealth of home grown music to renew, revive and restore us. Origins culminated in a free public performance, Wednesday 22 March 6:30pm, Aurora Tent, Hillary’s Boat Harbour as the opening event for the City of Joondalup Festival.
Digital & Print Catalogue | March 2023
Marking the success of Breaksea’s 2022 Seachange program, we invite you to view the Seachange Catalogue - a collection of photographic images, visual art, stories and artist’s statements exploring the notion of Seachange.
Developed across a 7-month period in 2022, the Seachange Catalogue features artistic content by professional artists and community participants from Kinjarling (Albany). Including new songs written and recorded in the Albany Regional Prison to a pastel portrait by Master Pastel Artist Roby Receveur, the Seachange Catalogue celebrates the benefits of creative expression, shared experience and positive change.
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Breaksea Film Festival
Celebrating the films of Rob Castiglione
12-14 May 2023 Online Event
This virtual film festival celebrated five years of Breaksea and remembering our dear friend, founding board member and colleague filmmaker Rob Castiglione. Featuring films from the Breaksea Film Art Trail, View from the Magpie’s Nest (Great Southern & Toodyay) and By Other Eyes, Breaksea Film Festival is a celebration of our projects, Rob Castiglione and a clear insight into our artists, process and ethos.
I Choose to Forgive | By Other Eyes | True Portraits | The Magic Pen | Music on the Terrace Toodyay | Kwongkan Middars | Unravelling the Knots & Flux | View from the Magpie’s Nest | By Other Eyes Premiere
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City of Albany Maritime Festival
Performances | 3 shows June 2023
Kalyenup Studio, Albany Entertainment Centre
Breaksea presented a brand new children’s show: The Magical Weedy Seadragon. What happens when a child finds a magical seadragon washed up on shore? Will the jellyfish and seagulls help when it all goes wrong? Developed over a 4-month period with primary school children from across the Great Southern, the performance featured live music, quirky characters and a sprinkling of magic. Children enjoyed opportunities to interact with characters and contribute to the performance.
The Magical Weedy Seadragon is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries, City of Albany, Southern Ports Authority, Albany Entertainment Centre & Albany Light Opera & Theatre Co- Let’s Shine. Featuring Breaksea artists, Pia Harris, Matt Ward, Jarrad Inman, Tadgh Lawrence, Emily O’Brien and Let’s Shine dancers, with music by Jonathan Brain.
For more information about school participation please contact Abbie Pedersen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Special Event | Thunderstorm
Saturday 16 September 2023, 7:30pm
Art Gallery of Western Australia | Foyer
Staged as an immersive play with music interludes, Thunderstorm explores the universal theme of memory told through the eyes of Harry, a world war one serviceman. What happens when Harry is thrust into blindness, with only memories of home, family and country to guide him?
Set against the remarkable backdrop of the 1918 Armistice, Thunderstorm is a modern interpretation of a hundred year old event. Text, music, harmonies and projections interweave to draw the audience on an sonic journey of hope, compassion and love.
Celebrating five years of Breaksea, Thunderstorm is a reworking of Breaksea’s By Other Eyes, a work of choral-theatre performance commemorating the centenary of Armistice, the end of the First World War. Created and inspired by partnerships with local Noongar elders and the people of the Great Southern, Thunderstorm is a visceral insight into the human experience.
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