SHIELD, by Amaara Raheem and collaborators, is a contemporary tale about three voyages of discovery.
The first is a historical legend about a great explorer — Captain Cook. The second is a personal memoir concerning Australia’s National Sorry Day, held every year since 1998 on 26 May to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the indigenous population. The third, a psychological experiment that could forever change your understanding of love.
Shield conveys the personal challenge of growing up in a context of cultural assumptions, and also makes reference to the author’s journey of migration from Colombo, to Melbourne, to London. As a cross-art collaboration with musician Tobias Sturmer, it combines dance, story-telling, live music, costume and filmscapes in a unique performance that pulls at your senses.
Shield is the recipient of a major commission from Ovalhouse; awarded to celebrate diversity and a continuing commitment to showcasing alternative artistic voices during Ovalhouse’s 50th anniversary year.
A special performance on Friday 14 June will feature a free post-show music event. Australian singer-songwriter Amy Firth and DJ Paul Brett will perform free live music in the bar after the show.
Shield is on at Ovalhouse, London from 11 June — 29 June 2013 (Tues — Sat). Tickets are £14 (previews £7) available from www.ovalhouse.com.
“Raheem’s work contains a quiet beauty that doesn’t hide from difficult questions, but rather moves them into the body, simultaneously conveying rawness and profound craft.”
Bronwyn Lay, Creative Director Australia Festival/Festival Australie, France 2012