THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

THE USEFULNESS OF ART 'The Calling' ©Sarah Walker

The Calling

THE USEFULNESS OF ART – The Calling
by Adam Simmons

fortyfive downstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne Australia
3 – 6 May 2018

“The Calling takes a more introspective turn but does so with an unexpected fire and force. It’s less careful thought and more sonic freefall into a raw and emotive tour de force.”
Raphael Solarsh, Artshub ★★★★★

“Coming to a performance without baggage is impossible, just as leaving that behind when writing a review can’t be done. But one way to judge any work of art is surely to ask whether and where it has taken us; down which paths, if any, has it prompted us to explore… But this work of art well and truly passed the test of taking us somewhere, of prompting exploration.” Roger Mitchell Ausjazz

Sydney Morning Herald ★★★★
OConnell The Music
Australian Book Review
Arts Hub

Choreography and movement: Vikram Iyengar
Dramaturgy: SALLY BLACKWOOD
Visual projection: Jean Poole
Lighting Design: Myles Mumford with Adam Simmons
Costume design: Christine Crawshaw

Afrolankan Drumming System
Ray Pereira djembe, conga, dundun
Kanchana Karunaratna gata bera, thammattama

Adam Simmons and the Creative Music Ensemble
Adam Simmons bass clarinet; Howard Cairns double bass; Gideon Brazil saxophones, piccolo; Miranda Hill double bass; Paul Simmons saxophones; Niko Schauble drums; Gemma Horbury trumpet; Hugh Harvey drums; Gavin Cornish trumpet; Nat Grant percussion; Bryn Hills trombone; Carmen Chan percussion; Pete Lawler space drum.

The Calling
1. Part 1 The Calling
2. Train “got the ticket? get the ticket!”
3. Part 2 Place: The Pearl
4. Train Nurawa Eliya to Ella
5. Part 3 Living: The dance of Kottu Roti
6. Train Ambalangoda to Galle
7. Part 4 Connection: The Tooth of Buddha
8. Epilogue: Ice-cream, tuk-tuks and cricket

“The Calling is inspired by sounds and experiences from my first visit to Sri Lanka in 2016, connecting with the culture of my mother’s homeland. On a broader scale I am also curious about the themes of identity and belonging to place, and how art is an integral part of bringing these things together. I look at my own history of being born in Chelsea (near Frankston) to Anglo and Sri Lankan parents, growing up in a mix of Ballarat, Upwey and Westall, working in Melbourne and travelling internationally; and I wonder exactly where my place is, who my people are, and even who am I? My hope with “The Calling” is to share some of my searchings to prompt others to consider their own connections.” Adam Simmons

Technical Coordinator: Andy Turner
Lighting Operator: Bridget McWilliams
Publicity: Diana Wolfe (Wolfe Words)
Graphic Design: Celsius Design

Photo credit ©Sarah Walker
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.