Nearly three hundred people were mesmerised on Saturday evening performances at the Oasis site which included the East Javanese Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts’ world premiere of Dry Leaf.
Adelle Rohrsheim welcomed everyone before Peter Gosling sang two songs including “Aren’t For You” and “Wotjobaluk Welcome”.
Then the Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts dancers took to the sand stage for their first performance of the evening, “Dreaming”. Deasylina da Ary was the main dancer in this piece with support from her husband Agung Gunawan.
The Wotjobaluk dancers then took to the stage as they performed some traditional dances. For some of the performers it was their first ever dance in public. The groups dances were around creation, kites, bees and mosquitoes.
The evening concluded with the world premiere of “Dry Leaf” composed by Johan Adiyatma Baktiar and directed by Agung Gunawan, which featured the Breathing Forest Dance Theatre and the Whiffling of the Forest Gamelan Ensemble.
The fifty minute performance kept the audience mesmerised with its intricate dancing, with the dancers showing great stamina.
After the performance, Agung Gunawan thanked Adelle Rohrsheim, Dianne Dickson, the Oasis committee and the people of Rainbow and district for their fantastic support during his groups visit.
MAP Rainbow organiser Tony Yap described Rainbow as an Oasis of creativity and hoped that the Embodied Landscape would be the first of more collaborations.
“Here lasting friendships have begun,” Tony Yap said.
Dianne Dickson said the event of another example of Rainbow’s tradition of opening its home and heart to everyone.
“Today’s event was an opportunity to have two ancient cultures to meet and collaborate in this ancient landscape. I hope that this festival, through the arts, moves us a little closer to transforming our understanding of other and ourselves,” she said.
Hindmarsh Shire Mayor Ron Ismay was moved by the event which comes after a long process of obtaining funding for the Small Town Transformation and refurbishing Rainbow’s old primary school over the past 18 months.
“It is quite a bit of dream that we have got here today,” he said.
The Oasis: Creativity on the Fringe of the Desert is a Small Town Transformations project. Small Town Transformations is a Victorian Government initiative, delivered by Regional Arts Victoria.