Q Theatre in Penrith Western Sydney has been making theatre for more than 50 years, and has built a long table in the foyer of its home the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.
Different community leaders have been curating the free events of each month, and this June as the final month is curated by Dharug,Dharawal-Muringal-Baragal artist Venessa Possum and Nathan Sentance. Titled MURU YUU YURA, June's program looks at the experiences and pathways of First Nations people.
The doors are open, the tickets are free, RSVP online at www.qtheatre.com.au for details.
Saturday 15 June, 10am-2pm - Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ to create organic circular forms, hosted by Corina Norman, supported Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentence.
Saturday 22 June, 10am-2pm - Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Amanda Jane Reynolds supported by Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentence.
Tuesday 25 June, 10am-2pm - ‘Storying and traditional Dharug tool display’ hosted by Uncle Lex Dadd, sharing a continuity of Dharug culture and skills ‘Caring as Country’.
Thursday 27 June, 10am-2pm - Weaving with ‘Balloon Vine’ and other fibres to create open circular forms and adding objects, hosted by Amanda Jane Reynolds and Melanie Evans (Mudburra, NT), supported Venessa Possum
Saturday 29 June, 10am-2pm - Dharug Dance workshop 2-hours, hosted by Jaye Bukari Webb, with support from Corina Norman, Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentance. This workshop will lead to a dance performance and Welcome to Ngurra at the gathering on the same date.
Sat 29 June, 3-6pm - WELCOME TO NGURRA – Jaye Bakari Webb - Closing gathering for the community, dance performance, food. Hosted by associate producer Emele Ugavule and the curators Venessa Possum and Nathan Mudyi Sentance.
“It is a delight to curate an arts project that is grounded in cultural respect and provides an opportunity for Dharug people to take the lead in a cultural program on Country" says Venessa and further emphasises it is important to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledges, skills and values of the Dharug Peoples with the broader community through a series of public programming that explores curator talks, traditional storying and tools display gatherings.
The Long Table project is made possible thanks to the support of Create NSW and the Western Sydney Strategic Opportunities Fund.