The Utopia Experiment

Fri 4th Dec 7:00pm; Sat 5th Dec 7:00pm
National Portrait Gallery

We call public attention to the wild, fantastical proposal of a few irresponsible individuals to found a species of communistic commonwealth in some undefined locality in the wild, unsettled regions of South America. The Evening News, Sydney 24 Jan 1893

In the 1890s dissatisfied colonial Australians sailed across the world to establish a Utopian society in the heart of South America. We tell the facinating story of the ‘New Australians’ through electroacoustic music from Latin America, a new operetta, and the words of poet Mary Gilmore who joined the settlement in 1896.

Music featured includes works by Australian composers George Dreyfus, Nigel Westlake, Eric Gross, and the world premiere of a new version of The Plaint of Mary Gilmore, by Vincent Plush, who has set words that Australian poet Mary Gilmore wrote when she joined the rebel settlement in the 1890s. The concert also includes works by Australian-Argentine Gerardo Dirié, Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos, and an electroacoustic piece inspired by the Indigenous people of America by Argentine composer alcides lanza.

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National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace,
Parkes Canberra ACT 2600

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