Meeting at the Seafarer’s bridge on the Yarra, you will be welcomed into a little-known site nearby, a sanctuary for seafarers for the last 100 years and a symbol of old-world generosity amidst the rapidly shifting landscape of the Docklands. A journey through the quirky spaces at Mission to Seafarer’s site through a compelling contemporary ritual performance. The Echoes Projects artists evoke fragments of stories embedded in this site through mesmerising live soundscapes, movement and imagery.
Ria Soemardjo, Janette Hoe and Pongjit (Jon) Saphakhun collaborate to create an ongoing exploration of contemporary rituals in response to urban sites in Australia. Based in Melbourne, their contemporary performance work draws deeply from their personal connections to Thai, Chinese and Indonesian ceremonial traditions. Featuring Intricate rhythmic compositions inspired by the rich heritage of Indonesian and Middle Eastern musical traditions, performed by Ron Reeves and Matt Stonehouse – two of Australia’s foremost world music percussionists.
Note: 7 PM and 8 PM sessions include delicious vegetarian Indonesian food. 9 PM session includes Indonesian and Thai cakes and sweets. You are invited to stay and eat after the performance, drinks available for purchase at the venue.
Janette Hoe – dance artist
Pongjit (Jon) Sekhukhune – actor
Ria Soemardjo – musician
Ron Reeves – musician
Matt Stonehouse – musician /instrument maker
Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
6 Dec 2018 (Thursday)
Sessions: 7 PM, 8 PM & 9 PM
The Mission to Seafarers
Audience Meeting point – next to the entrance of the Seafarer’s Bridge, Siddeley St, Docklands.
Wheelchair accessible venue.
Bookings essential. Tickets: $10 – $15 via Eventbrite.
Ticket price is purely to pay for the food element.
Companion Card ticketing available. Please contact Multicultural Arts Victoria for ticketing options. Companion ticket will allow admission only.
The Seafarers Welcome is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2018.
Image: Echoes Project Seafarers, photo by Max Milne and Ria Soemardjo, design by Janette Hoe.