Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Cummeragunja Walk-Off
Short Black Opera and Dhungala Children’s Choir commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Cummeragunja Walk-Off with a special film screening of Deborah Cheetham’s award winning production, Pecan Summer at Riverlinks WestSide on Tuesday 5 February.
Pecan Summer, written and composed by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham AO, tells the powerful story of the 1939 exodus of the Yorta Yorta people from Cummeragunja Station.
Join us for what will be an emotional return to the theatre where it all began. The film screening is accompanied by live performances by Deborah Cheetham AO, Short Black Opera and the Dhungala Children’s Choir.
“Pecan Summer is an opera for the 21st century, a contemporary opera for Indigenous Australians, a story for all Australians” says Deborah Cheetham AO.
The walk-off saw 200 Aboriginal men, women and children cross the Dhungala (Murray River) in defiance of their persecutors. Pecan Summer tells of the consequences of the walk-off, culminating with its final scene in Federation Square on Apology Day 2008.
Ken Cameron, Manager Performing Arts and Conventions at Riverlinks, said he looks forward to the screening of Pecan Summer in February.
“We are happy to be screening Pecan Summer as the story is so important to the local community. We are excited to watch the film but also to hear live performances by Deborah Cheetham and the Dhungala Choir,” says Mr Cameron.
Dhungala Children’s Choir celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2019 and funds raised from ticket sales will support their first overseas performance tour.
Tickets are available online or through the Riverlinks Box Office: 03 5832 9511.