Conflux composer Kim Chalmers and choreographer Sally Hederics worked with young local dancers from the Mildura Ballet Guild, with support from Adelaide-based choreographer Gina Rings, to create an ambitious new contemporary dance work titled Conflux. The artists and dancers, along with Melbourne ensemble Speak Percussion, work-shopped, created and performed new work inspired by collected stories of life in this unique region.
Local artist Kim Chalmers is a composer for whom the Murray River is central to her catalogue of electro-acoustic compositions inspired by the environment around her home on the banks of the Murray and Murrumbidgee. Kim studied Composition and Digital Arts at Adelaide University and taught music technology and electronic music there from 1999 to 2003. Her compositions range from piano solos to large scale multimedia performance art works. Her last major works were Riverlife (2006) and Elements (2008), which both focus on environmental stewardship, climate change and water issues in the Murray Darling Basin.
Sally Hederics attended the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide, obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Dance Performance. During these years she worked with many of Australia’s top choreographers. In 2004 Sally completed her Honours in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and then began work with the Melbourne-based international touring company Strange Fruit. Sally has returned to Mildura and works as a contemporary, choreography and jazz teacher for the Mildura Ballet and Dance Guild.
[Mildura –based photographer and artist, Danielle Hobbs, writes about Kim Chalmers’ and Sally Hederics’ One River project delivered in March 2013, Conflux, which captures the experience of Mildura – Wentworth residents of living at the confluence of the two most iconic rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin, the Murray and the Darling.] I went down to […]
A short film about the Conflux project can be viewed here. See footage of the performance, listen to excerpts from Kim Chalmers’ soundtrack and hear directly from the dancers about how they enjoyed being involved in the project.
Hi Everyone, just in case you were interested to see the performance we have uploaded a copy of the recording on vimeo.
Taking our show into the state of the art, brand new Mildura Arts Centre Theatre on the 15th March was super exciting. The Friday was a big day of tech rehearsal and fine tuning for the dancers, everyone put in a huge effort. Then Speak Percussion arrived on Saturday morning for the final Dress/Tech – […]
Part of the process of preparing the audio component of our Conflux performance was to interview a number of local personalities, from a diverse range of demographics, about stories from their life on the river. The attached audio clips are: 1) a paddleboat captain recalling the moment Captain Sturt arrived at the confluence of the […]