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Title Art Nation
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (27 min. 26 sec.) ; 164893909 bytes
Summary Namila Benson visits rehearsals for Australia's first Aboriginal opera, 'Pecan Summer', about the1939 Cummeragunja walk-off .The remarkable artist Otto Boron's work is revealed; and singer Ursula Yovich performs.On Art Nation this week, Namila Benson visits rehearsals for Australia's first Aboriginal opera, Pecan Summer. Composed and created by opera singer Deborah Cheetham, the opera tells the story of the 1939 Cummeragunja Mission walk-off. The incident saw hundreds of Yorta Yorta people, including Cheetham's own grandparents, leave their homes in protest at the harsh treatment by the mission's manager.The opera's cast includes the son of artist Lin Onus, Tiriki Onus, plus the 20-member Dhungala Children's Choir from Shepparton - some of whom are also descendants of the walk-off participants.This episode also reveals the remarkable story of Otto Boron, an Italian post-war immigrant who, for many years, painted scenery for ABC TV. Now in his 70s, Boron paints large, expressionist depictions of ramshackle farm buildings inspired by his experience of the Gippsland countryside. His rustic, earthy colours are applied in thick, highly textured oils. A poignant sense of abandonment and loss haunts his canvasses, which for Otto, is a metaphor for his own sense of loss and longing for the rural Italy of his youth. To close the show, singer, actor and musical theatre star Ursula Yovich performs in the Art Nation studio.(30 mins)
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-10-10 at 17:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Music.
Art -- Exhibitions.
Artists -- Biography.
Graphic design (Typography)
Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
Victoria -- Melbourne.
Form Streaming video
Author Banham, Stephen, contributor
Biggins, Jothan, contributor
Boron, Ottavio, contributor
Cheetam, Deborah, contributor
Hargreaves, Joan-Maree, contributor
Kay, Conrad, contributor
Kernebone, Fenella, host
Kram, David, contributor
O'Brien, Gemma, contributor
Onus, Tiriki, contributor
Routledge, Marty, contributor