In There Was A River, the artists from the stArts with D Performance Ensemble tell their story of a river flowing through the red hills. Written by Tiffany Malthouse, Devona Palmer and the stArts with D Performance Ensemble, There Was A River is told in English, Arrernte and many Auslan signs for Unbroken Land 2020.
There Was A River was co-created with Mentor, Lauren Jones, and performed by the artists, through the Incite Arts Move Master’s program. This initiative supported artists to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in their performance practice through dance, movement, music, language, storytelling and film. Please note, some Auslan signs have been modified to suit everyone’s abilities.
All of the released episodes are available online to watch for free here and have access options including closed captioning, audio description and some Auslan, dependant on the episode.
Image description: A young man, using a wheelchair is signing in Auslan, with the text “We need this water” superimposed onto the screen. There is a desert landscape with ranges and plants in the background.