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'The Colour of Water - La Murga Multicultural'. A Uruguayan tradition reborn in Melbourne.
24 Sep 2014
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A project of the Multicultural Choir In collaboration with Pedro Figari, Marcelo Salvo, Kavisha Mazzella & La Voce Della Luna, Giao Chi, Francis O'Mara and many more. Members of Pedro Figari (South American Drumming Group) approached the Multicultural Choir with an idea for a project based on Uruguay's traditional annual political performance satires - la Murgas. A storyline was created around people's memories of immigration, homeland and longing. Performers from the West's many diverse cultures were brought together on this unique Murga - the first of its kind to be staged outside Uruguay. The 'Colour Of Water' was a major production with a cast of thousands (nearly!), so much so that it outgrew FCAC and had to find a theatre able to accommodate the large number of performers on stage, eventually choosing the Clocktower in Moonee Ponds. As a long-running project, La Murga required its cast of community performers to learn many other aspects of stagecraft including costume design and creation, choreography, theatrical makeup design and application (with student support), audio-visual recording, project management, logistics, funding, PR and much, much more. People's stories were teased into original text and lyrics, with music compiled by a host of very committed and talented musicians, writing and playing together in this new and unfamiliar format. The stage show was a spectacular and exhilarating experience for everyone, including the audience, only topped by a grand finale with the full cast and orchestra on stage taking their bows. This project perfectly demonstrated the peak of the Multicultural Choir's successes and showed how awe-inspiring community arts can be. A truly outstanding and memorable experience of such a calibre, it will stay with us for the rest of our lives...adding to those earlier memories. Text & Drama Direction by Mammad Aidani, Music by Marcelo Salvo, Kavisha Mazzella, Francis O'Mara, Thuy PHong, Duncan Foster, Mhuyen Anh Dzung, Gillian Howell. This exciting project was made possible with wonderful support, especially for first-time fundees, by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body along with City of Melbourne, Footscray Community Arts Centre and Music Hive.

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