In 2007, Meme was engaged as Artistic Director of Connecting Identities to envisage the concept for a three year arts project that could address the issue of identity in a rapidly changing post-industrial Geelong. In consultation with traditional owners and Arts & Culture Department, Meme proposed Mountain to Mouth as an extreme arts walk creating a contemporary songline across Geelong. Meme directed the pilot, Mouth to Mountain, in 2009, and subsequently the multi-award winning M~M2014 and M~M2016.
Lizz Lethlean has a 20+ year background in the performing arts, specialising in theatre and puppetry. As a member of Handspan Theatre, international touring formed the backbone of her performance work. Her freelance career includes working as a performer, singer, puppeteer and image maker. Lizz continues to fuse her performance and teaching skills to create theatrical experiences for and with people of all ages. For Connecting Identities, Lizz has contributed the bird puppet imagery for Mouth to Mountain.
Margie is an artist and researcher known for creating large-scale ceremonies alongside diverse communities both nationally and internationally. Utilising fire, ritual-art forms, design thinking, trans-disciplinary performance modes and collaborative processes. Her work over the past 25+ years has ranged from intimate indoor events, to exuberant street theatre productions, street art installations and epic-scale community ceremonies in many Arts Festivals and Community Gatherings.
Margie recently completed a PhD on Composing Contemporary Ceremony, whilst continuing with her freelance artistic practice. She performs a mentorship role for young and emerging artists, and has an ongoing commitment to reconciliation, the recognition and respect of Indigenous cultures, and championing the rites of humans, other entities and the environment in her works.
Athletes, artists, performers and masters of movement
Trace Elements is a diverse group of athletes, artists, performers and masters of movement. Leading practitioners in parkour, freerunning, L’art du Deplacement and professional stunts, Trace Elements has worked overseas and extensively in Australia in forms ranging from live performances and demonstrations, music video clips, performing as a street team, television commercials, corporate events and feature films.
Dancers - M2M Launch
Blink Dance Theatre was established by a group of contemporary dance & theatre makers and has now expanded to include a broad team of multidisciplinary artists from movement, theatre, new media and design backgrounds. Our central aim is to develop a platform for professional artists to continue making high calibre work in the Geelong and Surf Coast region.
I graduated from the Victorian College of the arts, specializing in the double bass. I’m also a recording engineer and music instructor. Keel-la, written for CONNECTING IDENTITIES, is a short musical piece that highlights the tension between the present and the past, flight and repetition, arrival and yearning. The city of Geelong is in the process of change, of re-assessing past identities. Keel-la (the word for walk in Wathaurong) seeks to give voice to some of these elements. At times the music hints at flight and yet the rhythmic repitition refrains it. The indigenous sounds seek to harmonise with the contempory and vice versa. The sung melody (Kella-walk) floats a voice from above, time to walk, time to slow down, time to reflect.