Mating Dance by Anna-Wili Highfield is an installation of courtship formations. The sculptures pay homage to the Brolga - Australia's principal dancing bird. Suspended like marionettes, the birds are sewn from waxed cotton and have stopped mid-ballet. They gesture call, response and mimicry.
Composer and Musician, Bree Van Ryke has created an accompanying sound work. Bree’s piece will intermittently shock the dancing birds, with music inspired by the Brolga’s bold honking. This sacred bird has forever inspired stories and dance from Australia’s First Nations people, who in shared spirit see and feel it.
Anna-Wili’s aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature, in a way that emphasises similarity of form and consciousness shared by both humans and animals.
The Artist in Residency program supporting the development of new work and connects contemporary artists with our community.
This listing was updated on 09/12/2021 by Glasshouse Arts Conference & Entertainment Centre. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council accepts no liability for inaccuracies or errors in the above listing.