Video of highlights from Rebel Elders intergenerational project
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A large part of Rose's work includes facilitating and working on community arts projects. Rose is interested in bringing out the extraordinary aspects of apparently ordinary people. She loves the idea that people's bodies are full of stories - the older the body, the more stories are stored. No one has a boring life story to tell!
Recently, Rose has mostly been working with elderly community members on projects that feature recorded interviews. Rose has the ability to connect with the elders and encourage such an entertaining collection of stories to be shared. She chooses themes for each project which have included rebellion (for Ballarat, the city of rebellion!), times in their lives when their heart was beating fast, the role of music in people's lives and in a project in Euroa last year, the questions were devised by a group of high school students. They included questions on reincarnation, singing in the shower and their (rather personal) first kiss!
Rose regularly collaborates with other professional artists to ensure a high quality result. These have included choreographers Martin del Amo and Michelle Heaven, visual artist Mars Drum and video maker Denis Beaubois.
This year, Rose is continuing her work in BALLARAT with REBEL ELDERS. Eight locals aged from 72 to 93 years old are again collaborating with some fine young musicians, mostly hiphop. The musicians are writing new songs inspired by the elders' favourite songs. A CD will be recorded and some live concerts of the songs will take place in September. The next stage of the project will be for the musicians and elders to team up to design and star in a short film to go with their song. But you'll have to wait til next year to see the films!
Also in BALLARAT, Rose is very excited to be collaborating with the Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees as part of 24 Hour Experience which will be performed on Nov 21-22. Rose will work with five local refugees to make a theatre piece to be performed in Mair St pedestrian tunnel. The piece is called "LIGHT AT THE END..." and will feature stories about 'light'.
And in MALDON, Rose has interviewed thirteen local elder folk about times in their lives when their heart was beating fast. This project is called HEARTBEAT/MALDON and involves nursing residents, people involved in day programs at the Maldon Hospital as well as others in the community who have shown interest. A small book will be produced with stories and photos of contributors. Hopefully, the next stage will be to make a theatre show with about six of the elders, but this is all funding dependant, so stay tuned...
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