More than 50 Fedration University students, along with guest artists, will put on a special performance this Sunday.

Unique performance to shine light on stories of arrival

May 26, 2021 BY

Those who love live performance and art will be enthralled by a fresh Ballarat production this month.

Federation University’s Arts Academy will present Where do I Come From? I ask Myself!, a mixture of visual arts and live performance, led by world-renowned artist and senior lecturer Jill Orr, with guest artists and more than 50 students.

Ms Orr explained how the students drew on their own experience of living in Ballarat in 2021 while considering first-hand accounts of settlers’ lives in Wadawurrung Country.

“This is their response, the rich stories gathered by interviews and historic accounts,” she said.

There will be two different performances by two groups, loosely bound together by ideas and histories of arrival.

She described the performances as fun and humorous, while diving into the truth of our collective past, exploring questions such as, how did we get here? Where do we come from? Do we know where we are?

“This theatre work is alive with music, physical theatre and dance,” she said.

“There are stories of arrival that cross time and place, where memories, traditions, in and on country are conveyed.

“We have been blessed with Indigenous advice and protocol to ensure that recognition of Wadawurrung land is acknowledged and is appropriate.”

The work is crafted by guest composer, Ashley Clapp and choreographer/dancer Vince Crowley. It is directed by Angela Campbell and Jill Orr.

Where Do I Come From? I Ask Myself! is on at the Federation University – Courthouse Theatre (Building F), SMB Campus, 107 Lydiard Street South on Saturday, 29 May with shows at 1pm to 2pm, and 3pm to 4pm

The event is free with bookings via