Hipbone Sticking Out is the culmination of over three years of creative collaboration between the community of Roebourne and the Yijala Yala Project. Hipbone premiered in Canberra in 2013, and now we are bringing this powerhouse production to Perth, Melbourne and Roebourne for its hometown debut.
Humming with Pilbara energy and at turns funny, wicked, beautiful, and gut wrenching, Hipbone Sticking Out sweeps across time with luminous animation, intricate music and layered narrative to deliver a mesmerising theatrical ride. Set against the backdrop of Murujuga – the world’s largest outdoor rock art gallery – a stellar cast creates a tour de force story beginning in 1602 that places the Pilbara at the centre of world history.
In the town of Roebourne a young man, John Pat, scuffles with police, hits his head on the footpath and is left in a police lockup. He finds himself travelling through time from the beginning, meeting Greco/Roman Gods, tracing the spice routes, the exploration of the Indian Ocean, the paintings of Vermeer, the pop music of 1800’s, the coming of ghost people to Ngarluma country, slavery, pearling, new law, ancient law, and the mining boom of the present. During the performance John Pat’s family hold the truth of this story in their hands as witnesses. Like all Big hART works it will make you laugh and cry and touch you with its candid authenticity.
Hipbone is delivered by a dream cast including Trevor Jamieson (Pitjantjatjara), Lex Marinos (Greek/Australian), Maria Lurighi (Italian/Australian) and Yumi Umiumare (Japanese). The performance combines rich layered vocal harmonies, outrageous comic makeovers, messed up ensemble movement, striking digital imagery, sweeping design and freestyle costuming to create a cosmopolitan work from the edge of the world.
“Visually spectacular…extremely moving, relevant and highly innovative…” – Barefoot Review
“A juxtaposition of dark humour and poignant honesty…perfectly balanced…” – BMA Magazine
“Charged with enegery…Pulses with life…” – Filmalice
SEE HIPBONE STICKING OUT:
Roebourne: Sunday 14th September, Amphitheatre, Roebourne Cultural Centre. FREE EVENT
Perth: Monday 29th September – Saturday 4th October, Heath Ledger Theatre – Tickets via Ticketek
Melbourne Festival: Friday 17th October – Tuesday 21st October, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne – Tickets through Melbourne Festival