Olive Pink Opera
Thu September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until September 18, 2021
The Olive Pink Opera, produced by the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, is the showcase event of the Desert Song Festival. It will be performed under the stars in the garden that Olive Pink created. Come and experience the magic of this ground-breaking event that will be a first for opera in Australia, a first for Alice Springs and a first for the Desert Song Festival.
The Opera explores and celebrates the last decade (1965-1975) of Olive’s extraordinary life. Composed by internationally acclaimed Professor Emerita Anne Boyd, AM, the Opera tells of Olive’s lasting friendships with Daisy Bates and the Warlpiri and Arrernte people; and of her outspoken advocacy for Aboriginal rights in Central Australia. It is the story of the last decades of her life when she and Warlpiri man Johnny Jampitjinpa created what is now the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
The Opera will be co-directed by Steve Kidd (also playing Ted Strehlow) and Nicole Evans, with Jonathan Tooby as music director. It will feature the Central Australian Women’s Choir, Kristina Kidd (as Olive Pink), Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Francis Diatschenko (guitar), Olive Pink Ensemble (noted musicians of Alice Springs) led by Jessica Wright, Charlie Tjampitjinpa Brown (dance), Drum Atweme youth (drums) and the Gap Kids Choir.
The Opera is a reconciliation work, based on stories from both Aboriginal and local non-Aboriginal people from Alice Springs. Through the telling of these stories, connections will be strengthened between communities in Alice Springs and indeed, the Australian community.