Baai will premiere in October 2021 at Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Baai (Meaning Home in Dinka) is a visually arresting and conceptually invigorating live theatre performance, celebrating the colourful and rich South Sudanese culture. A culture that is often under represented. This work aims to change this, by reducing societies misconceptions of what it means to be a newly arrived Australian.
Baai (Home) is the main theme that threads the work; this includes the exploration of fleeing South Sudan to the Kenyan refugee camps, the longing for home, and the journey in creating a new home, in a country far away from your own. With this comes, feelings of alienation, isolation, cultural pride, strength and hope.
The work is born out of a mentorship and collaboration between Eliza Hull, who is an award winning artist with a disability, and ten women from the local South Sudanese community in regional Victoria. These women are all newly arrived migrants with ages ranging from 14-62 years, with a strong desire to share their culture through performance. As a collective, they consist of three varying tribes including Dinka (Bor), Twic Mayaardit and Bahr El Ghazal, the coming together of these tribes is in itself a radical act – a progressive way they can learn and have further social connection within the South Sudanese and wider community.
Baai will be a spectacular celebration of the rich South Sudanese culture through singing, dancing and storytelling. It is designed for families to share and suitable for ages 10+
This project is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the City of Greater Bendigo, the Australia Council for the Arts and the Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund, through Regional Arts Australia.