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“Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Timeline” film
April 23, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – April 30, 2021 @ 7:30 pm EDT
Watch the event beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23. It will be available for streaming until 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30.
“Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Timeline” is a union of musicians from Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Taiwan to Zenadth Kes/The Torres Strait singing out from their islands across the ocean and reuniting a shared ancestry of the seas. In the spirit of storytelling before current borders were drawn, this film is an oceanic songline, a timely and uplifting musical plea for environmental and cultural awareness from those on the frontline of the climate crisis.
The film’s initiators, Australian filmmaker and music producer Tim Cole and Taiwanese film producer BaoBao Chen, met the artists on their homelands to record a song “which spoke for their heritage and environment.” It’s a song they took across the ocean for other artists representing their island to add to—all filmed in nature, sung in the language, and played on the instruments of that land. Through this process, the film’s voice was created in the field following the guidance of those carrying the cultural lineage, those who could speak for the land.
“Small Island Big Song” was filmed and recorded across the Pacific and Indian oceans in Australia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Bougainville, Borneo, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Mauritius, Vanuatu, Guam, Hawaii, and Taiwan.
A live touring production of “Small Island Big Song” is scheduled to come to the Center for the Performing Arts in April 2022. The appearance will include an artist residency.