Artwork for A Counting & Cracking of Heads

A Counting & Cracking of Heads

13 February — 15 February 2014

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This extraordinary first play tells the story of four generations of the one family caught in the Tamil diaspora. Sid is its youngest member and he’s a wild twenty-something. After meeting Lily, a Yolngu girl, Sid gradually opens his eyes, and his heart, to the importance of his Sri Lankan family, music and politics. He begins to explore a deep, urgent connection to a society and culture that feels entirely foreign, and yet distinctly like home.

Presented in association with CuriousWorks

Artwork for S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

Playwright and Director

<p>Shakthi is founding director of CuriousWorks. Its first initiative was <em>The Migrant Project</em> &#8211; 40 Sydneysiders, with cultural and artistic ancestries from across the globe, came together to craft a series of live performances, forums and ultimately a feature film. Shakthi initiated, led and directed <em>The Migrant Project</em>. It is now used by other artists and companies as an artistic model for bringing together disparate groups that call the same place home. Shakthi&#8217;s second initiative was to develop a best-practice model for using digital media in a simple, positive, lasting manner in marginalised communities, that’s led to long-term community and professional arts projects in Western Sydney and remote Western Australia. These art works are multi-platform, combining text, performance, film, media and music. This model has now become the core business of CuriousWorks. Shakthi&#8217;s latest initiative is <em>The Lanka Project</em>, a collection of contemporary theatre, film, audiovisual and community projects showcasing stories from the Sri Lankan – Australian community. In 2011 <em>The Other Journey</em>, commissioned by Parramasala, Australian Festival of South Asian Arts and presented as part of Parramasala 2011, was the first work to premiere from <em>The Lanka Project</em>, to great acclaim. Shakthi also writes and produces music with the band Asi, whose sounds have featured in <em>The Lanka Project</em>. All of Shakthi&#8217;s work has focused on respectful collaboration with some of Australia’s most marginalised communities and the ongoing sharing of contemporary, untold, Australian stories through both traditional and innovative distribution methods.</p>

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