Through song, dance and spoken word Songwoman tells the sharp, funny and often harrowing story of three bi-racial siblings growing up in the United States of America in the 1960’s.

The youngest: the autistic and schizophrenic brother.

The middle child: a woman who migrates to Australia, a country struggling with its own racial history.

The eldest: the extraordinary, beautiful and gifted sister.

This dynamic show is powerful and unique with an original score,
words and music by Gerianne Rudd. Choreography by Anya McKee.

The narrator, Songwoman, weaves story and song accompanied by lush musical arrangements that create dynamic worlds where dancers Katina Olsen and Czak Ses Bero move and play inside.

It tells of a particular time and place, but it could take place anytime, anywhere.

Songwoman is her story. Every word and every note of it is true.

GERIANNE RUDD is a singer songwriter living in Brisbane, Australia. Over the past 40 years she has worked as an industrial chemist, artist’s model, respite carer, school teacher and swimming instructor. She currently teaches piano. Songwriting and teaching children of all ages and abilities are her passions.

In the 1950’s Gerianne was born in the the United States of America where she lived and worked until her move to Australia in 1995.

The moment the music begins and the first note rings out it is clear Gerianne is an incredible voice. Every step of her journey has shaped these melodies, harmony and lyrics so when all of the elements align, her singing ascends and manifests the resounding tone of an ancient healer.

KATINA OLSEN is  a Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer and choreographer. She has performed internationally and throughout Australia with numerous dance companies, including Expressions Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, and Erth.  She has worked with dance luminaries Martin del Amo, Victoria Hunt, Narelle Benjamin, Vicki Van Hout, and Wesley Enoch. Her choreographic highlights include Walking into the Bigness;  DADS, with the Dance Maker’s Collective; Min Min for QUT’s graduating year; and Unsettle with Digi Youth Arts at the Queensland Museum.

The lights fade up and from the first movement Kat is a mesmerising force. She is grounded like an ancient rock – graceful as an airborne feather. Passionately, her performances are original, authentic and powerful.

CZACK SES BERO is a proud Indigenous man of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal descent. Ses studied at NAISDA (National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association), where he completed the Diploma in Professional Dance. He has taught dance in schools, Community Centres and Youth Detention Centres throughout Australia. Ses has performed at The Adelaide Fringe Festival, Spirit Festival, and for the Rugby World Cup, as well as many other national and international events. He has worked with numerous choreographers, including Stephen Page, Dalissa Pigram, Albert David, Rita Pryce and Gale Mabo.

Ses brings a deep respect of this sacred land to his performances. He moves with dedicated awareness and grace. This story of Songwoman is enhanced by his presence.

ANYA McKEE is a freelance contemporary dancer and choreographer based in Sydney, Australia. She has worked in contemporary dance, dance-theatre and aerial dance with some of Australia’s leading companies, including Kate Champion’s Force Majeure, aerial dance company Strings Attached, Sydney’s Dance Makers Collective, and with the intercultural dance-theatre company Marrugeku. Anya has also worked with leading independent choreographers and directors, including Sam Chester, Dean Walsh,Sara Black, Simone O’Brien, Sue Healey and Yukio Waguri, Artistic Director of Kozensha Butoh Company.

Anya creates with boundless enthusiasm and refined delicacy. Her commitment to imagination and skill breathes effortlessness into her work. There is a respect here for all movements and fluidity within the sacred spaces.

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Songwoman views life through the prism of race. It is not a black story or a white story.

Gerianne Rudd ©️ 2017