Sex & Dragons

Thu 11th August 7pm; Fri 12th August 7pm 2016
CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Rd, Acton.

How does sex change over time?

Join the Griffyn Ensemble’s curiosity into life and evolution, with their multimedia journey into the sexual reproduction of bearded dragons with music, wildlife footage, and interviews, all told through music and song – think Homer’s Iliad for lizards!

Griffyn’s annual Science Week concert will explore the sex-determination of one of the world’s most popular reptiles. This collaboration with scientists from the University of Canberra delves into cutting edge research into the genomes of reptiles, how high temperatures causes sex reversal in the embryos of the bearded dragon, and the wider implications of such changes.

In true Griffyn style, the concert features a variety of musical genres combined with video footage and interviews, with works by David Lang, Philip Glass, The Kinks, David Bowie, and Australian composers Martin Wesley-Smith, Michael Sollis, and Ross Edwards. The concert also sees the return of founding Griffyn members Matthew O’Keeffe (clarinets), and Wyana O’Keeffe (percussion), for this special event.  They will join Griffyn Director Michael Sollis, double bassist Holly Downes, soprano Susan Ellis, and flautist Kiri Sollis, with a host of ecologists, geneticists, and biologists!

For single tickets and memberships, click here.

Single tickets are $46 (full price); $38 (concession); $25 (Under 30); $10 (Under 18)

This is Concert 2 of the 2016 Griffyn Series, and is included in a Gold and Silver Membership, and can also be chosen as one of three concerts in a Bronze Membership.