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Spinifex Gum

Felix Riebl, Marliya, Briggs, Emma Donovan

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Adelaide Premiere / One Night Only

  • About

    In 2015 Felix Riebl of The Cat Empire fame took up residence in the Pilbara to soak himself in the contemporary stories of the Yindjibarndi community. Out of it came Spinifex Gum - an album, a live performance and a shared passion to ignite change.

    At the heart of the production is Marliya - an ensemble of Aboriginal and Torres Strait teenage singers from Gondwana Choirs, who perform the songs with Felix Riebl and guest artists Ollie McGill, Briggs and Emma Donovan.

    Powerful in content and style, the songs blend the lush choral vocals of Marliya with hard-hitting urban rhythms and lyrics that reveal, with uncompromising clarity, many of the painful injustices facing Indigenous Australians. The exuberant energy of these young performers lifts our spirits in the face of very tough issues. Uninhibited, they sway and groove to Riebl’s beats but their superb choral discipline and lush sound ensure the lyrics hit their mark directly in our hearts.

    A unique, topical and inspiring all-Australian gig.


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  • Credits

    Directed by Felix Riebl
    Assistant Director Ollie McGill
    Conductor Lyn Williams OAM
    Choreographer Deborah Brown
    Lighting and Video Designer Mark Howett
    Sound Designer Gideon Cozens
    Songs by Felix Riebl
    Beats and Arrangements by Ollie McGill, except Locked Up (F.Riebl / O.McGill / A.Briggs) and Make it Rain (T.A.Waits / K.Brennan)
    Choreography by Sani Townson Cultural Advisor Michael Woodley, CEO Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation

    Director: Feix Riebl Assistant Director: Ollie McGill Conductor: Lyn Williams OAM Choreographer: Deborah Brown Lighting and Video Designer: Mark Howett Sound Designer: Gideon Cozens This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Sydney Festival and Monash Academy of Performing Arts.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

    This project has been supported by the Ryan Cooper Family Foundation.

    Major Festivals InitiativeAustralia Council for the Arts

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