The rugged beauty of Dandry Gorge: a new concert venue for Moorambilla Voices

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The sound of voices ringing through the stunning native landscape of the Pilliga Forest is the vision of Moorambilla Artistic Director Michelle Leonard.

“The idea for a concert in the Gorge came from the strong connection that Mooramabilla has always had to the landscape of this region. The beautiful creek which rises and falls dramatically in flood or drought, is a perfect setting for our Wii-Gali theme this year. I haven’t quite finished mapping the concert yet! It’s so exciting to go on location and start to think about the artistic possibilities… which will be the first of its kind in the Pilliga.”

Fiona Fagan and Ghenoa Gela in the Dandry Gorge

Fiona Fagan and Ghenoa Gela in the Dandry Gorge

Fiona Fagan and Frank Wright

Fiona Fagan and Frank Wright

Ghenoa Gela, Frank Wright and Justin Welsh

Ghenoa Gela, Frank Wright and Justin Welsh

Artists and the operations team visited the stunning Dandry Gorge in the Pilliga National Park to scope out the concert. Pilliga (or Billarga) is a Gamilaroi word for swamp oak. Moorambilla has drawn on the Forest in the past – in 2009 the MAXed Out Company explored the local stories and indigenous legend of the Yowie!, said to live in the forest. In 2010, using the Sculptures in the Scrub artworks as inspiration, MAXed Out Company told the story of the Dandry Gorge in dance.

“We will be creating absolutely minimal impact of this pristine natural environment and we couldn’t do it without the incredible support of the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre,” says Michelle. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone there at the new start time of 3.30pm!”

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Thank you for the photographs for this story: Marc de Rosnay, Jacqui Smith, Fiona Fagan, Lliane Clarke.

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