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Newer Volcanics By the Orbweavers


Thu 29 Nov 2018, 8:00pm–9:00pm
Fri 30 Nov 2018, 8:00pm–9:00pm

Where: The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: pbpmedia

Newer Volcanics is an exploration of the industrial history, environmental changes and lives of the people who lived and worked Melbourne’s waterways.

Melbourne artists Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan of The Orbweavers meld music, poetry and drawings in Newer Volcanics, a musical and visual depiction of their research into the changes that occurred to the waterways of Melbourne’s West in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

In 2016, The Orbweavers received a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship to undertake research, resulting in the Newer Volcanics suite of songs, to be presented as part of The Substation 2018 Commissioning Program.

In creating these works for performance, they hope to draw attention to different parts of Melbourne, particularly to layers of place and share personal stories that connect them to the western waterways.

Newer Volcanics is a geological province in south-east Australia. It includes the country south-west of Narrm (Melbourne), the unceded sovereign lands of the Wathaurong, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation.

Through their creative work they acknowledge they are descendants of settlers writing on land where sovereignty was never ceded, and pay attention to the impacts of colonisation and industrialisation on lands and waters.

The Orbweavers musings are mesmerising, haunting and heartwarming—dark and dulcet melodies, chiming guitar, violin and trumpet blend to hypnotic effect.

Drawing on their love of history and science, Newer Volcanics continues in a signature style that has captivated audiences with evocative songs of creeks, quarries, and industrial landmarks.

Newer Volcanics will be performed in collaboration with The Letter String Quartet, with visuals by filmmaker Brian Cohen.

With The Letter String Quartet & visuals by Brian Cohen.