Strange strangers! Go onwards. Look upwards. FLYWAY invites you to join the flock.
Trust your instincts and the golden wings. Channel your vision and take a migratory walk through the city, between mediated sights and sounds of quiet bird spaces and spectacular scenes.
FLYWAY investigates the enchanting nature of migratory birds and the annual epic, threatened journeys they make across a shifting globe in search of rest, food and a nest. Wearing headphones and binoculars audiences are enveloped in a lush soundscape and led on a birdwatching tour through urban spaces to encounter special moments dotted along the path - birds framed by screens, lenses and the city itself. Using video, sound and performance FLYWAY merges foreground and background and points to our mediated experience of ‘nature’.
The richly layered audiovisual work is drawn from a partnership with Birdlife Australia and their volunteer networks. Elizabeth Dunn undertook an extensive, month-long field research trip along the coast between Melbourne and Maryborough (QLD) to meet with local birders, visit bird sites and collect field recordings. Inspired by colossal migrations, Flyway’s sonic character suggests thick clusters of bird flocks and dense clouds of sound, shifting up and down along the coasts of nations as it creates an auditory envelope around its participants.
Green Room Award Nomination for Outstanding Production
(Creative Agency for Audiences)
Winner Operadagen Rotterdam Award at Music Theatre Now, Sweden
Artist: Elizabeth Dunn
Sound Artist: Lawrence English
Artistic Consultant: Lara Thoms
Production Manager: Jane Smith
Writer: Catherine Ryan
Flyway European tour18-24 May Operadagen Rotterdam, Netherlands
5-12 June International Theatre Festival "Varna Summer", Bulgaria
Original Presentation:2012 Next Wave Festival
"...Elizabeth Dunn has created a work about migratory birds that isn’t only for a few devout bird lovers. It’s a work for all of us urban dwellers – a chance to reflect on the almost invisible creatures that pass us by, to experience the unfamiliar in the most familiar places and to feel, strangely, closer to nature in the greyest areas of our city..." - Sean Wilson, Next Wave
Thanks to Golo Maurer, Birdlife Australia Shorebirds 2020, Jen Sutfin. Fiona Blandford, Graeme & Margaret Rowe, Bob Semmens, Robyn Kesby, Marg Hamon, Jodie Dunn, Colin Ashford, Susan Patrick, Valda Corrigan, Phil Craven, Rex Worrell, Hazel Watson, Phil Straw, Chris & Liz Herbet, Martin Smith, Hans Lutter, Heather Hardford, Jan Olley, David Milton, Eduardo Gallo, Rosie Davidson, David Milton, Roz Jessop, Clive Minton, Dorothy Pashniak, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Annalises Ciel Walker, Jane Barclay
Greg Barber MLC State Member of Parliament for Northern Metropolitan Region, Lok Lok Dumpling Bar, Nomads Backpackers, Biryani House, Flagstaff Convenience Store, Middy’s Data & Electrical, Places Victoria, Water Front City.
2012 PRESENTING VENUES
The Flyway European tour has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The tour is an Initiative of the IETM-Australia Council for the Arts Collaboration Project.
This project was developed through Next Wave Kickstart. This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. In 2012, Elizabeth Dunn is being mentored by Lara Thoms through
Flyway is partnered by Birdlife Australia.