On Saturday 30 October 2010, Riverside Park in Swan Hill lit up with a spectacular performance that explored our complex relationship with fire. Dancer/choreographer Jacob Boehme and Margie Mackay (theatre maker and pyrotechnician) created a fiery crosscultural performance that investigates the ties between local Indigenous and Indian communities.
This project was created in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria, Swan Hill Aboriginal Health Service and Swan Hill Neighbourhood House, and was part of the 3rd annual Go North Arts Festival – a community festival that celebrates the exciting and diverse range of arts and culture in the Swan Hill region (22-31 October 2010).
Jacob is a Melbourne-born artist of Narangga (Yorke Peninsula, SA) and Kaurna (Adelaide, SA) heritage. Jacob trained in dance at NAISDA and is also a choreographer and puppeteer. In 2007 Jacob completed a Masters in Puppetry at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). For the past 10 years Jacob has worked with Indigenous youth in remote areas creating visual theatre combining traditional/contemporary dance and puppetry techniques.
Margie Mackay is a graduate of the VCA with a Masters in Theatre Design, and has just embarked on a PhD in ritual performance. Known for utilising fire, projection, dance and puppetry, Margie’s work is diverse and interdisciplinary with productions ranging from intimate indoor shows, to exuberant street theatre productions, street art installations and epic scale community ceremonies in Arts Festivals both Nationally and Internationally.