NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts) has revealed a huge year of performing arts in store for 2017 including the premiere of new NORPA Generator work Djurra, Martha Wainwright in concert, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare, Ilbijerri Theatre Company & Belvoir, Circus Oz, Australian Dance Theatre, Lismore Laughs with comedians Tom Gleeson and Andy Saunders, a Big Think quarterly ideas & conversation program and much more. All shows are now on sale (subscription packages of three or more shows attract a 20% discount). Many shows sell out so it is advised to jump on to www.norpa.org.au now and secure your tickets.
Amongst the eighteen performances in NORPA’s 2017 Season will be a significant new NORPA Generator work Djurra, exploring a powerful, ancient Bundjalung story in a contemporary context. Directed by Kirk Page, written by Dr. Romaine Moreton with musical direction by Dr. Lou Bennett, Djurra has been developed in collaboration with Ngunlingah Land Council, Bundjalung Elders Council and Northern Rivers Conservatorium. With its origins in NORPA’s Three Brothers project, Djurra follows the journey of one brother, Mamoonh, who realizes he must invoke ancient Bundjalung customs to heal the trauma of the past, make sense of the present and envision a future.
“This is one of the most expansive Seasons we’ve ever presented in NORPA’s 24 year history,” said Julian Louis, NORPA Artistic Director, of the shows on offer in 2017 “This Season reflects our changing regional identity and caters for a wide, sophisticated palette of tastes. We’ve branched into new areas of programming — music with heart, comedy with bite, and food for thought with our Big Think ideas program. And we’re growing our own – Djurra, a work with deep roots in this place, this country, this community.”
Other highlights include first time appearances by the thrilling, cutting-edge dance company Australian Dance Theatre and a performance by Australian Chamber Orchestra. ACO Collective will perform Brahms & Mozart live on stage as well as bring their extraordinary interactive experience, ACO Virtual to Lismore City Hall this year. More music is on offer with acclaimed US singer songwriter Martha Wainwright in concert; Naomi Price returning to weave a fantastical musical tale about the woman who inspired The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers; and a spellbinding live stage show of Mike Oldfield’s 70s classic Tubular Bells performed by just two extremely talented (and fit!) men.
Lismore Laughs promises belly laughs with a twist from comedians Tom Gleeson, Andy Saunders and a kids’ show by Frank Woodley. There’s more family fun for all ages with Circus Oz unpacking Australian myths with a high-octane show Model Citizens and magical puppetry from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
For drama lovers there’s the best of the old and the new with internationally acclaimed company Bell Shakespeare performing Merchant of Venice while Corranderrk brings together two of Australia’s most exciting contemporary theatre companies, Ilbijerri Theatre & Belvoir, to tell the story of the men and women of Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve in Victoria who went head to head with the Aboriginal Protection Board.
NORPA’s Big Think ideas program offers food for thought with a series of exciting sessions with leading thinkers and commentators. Each session will explore a different issue including food & sustainability; animal rights versus human rights; gender equality; and creativity in the Northern Rivers.
NORPA is bringing a paradise for arts lovers to the Northern Rivers in 2017. Look no further for a creative gift for a loved one, including you. All shows are now on sale at www.nora.org.au or call the NORPA Box Office during business hours on 1300 066 772.
NORPA 2017 SEASON now on sale
Tickets and information at www.norpa.org.au
Telephone: 1300 066 772
3 shows from as little as $60 for Under 25s or $132 for adults.