• Close up of woman’s half opened eye, nose and mouth covered in sand and Vaseline with wispy blonde hair and blue-grey cloth.
  • Head and shoulder portrait of a woman covered in black and white cloth against a white wall with one blue eye exposed.

Third Stage Development

‘Return to The River’ is a new performance work by Angela French that explores the effects artificial environments have on our human psyche. Spanning the globe, from Dubai to the Murrumbidgee river in NSW, this work navigates contrasting environs, scale and the space of the river, and ultimately . . . a longing for home.

Artist Statement
‘Return to The River’ is the culmination of four years of research and development in my emerging solo art practice. The work explores the effect of artificial environments on the human psyche. The work highlights my firsthand experiences with living abroad in the United Arab Emirates and in particular Dubai, and living in Sydney for over 20 years and finally relocating back to my country hometown in regional NSW. It’s a story of contrasts, a river, a return and a longing for home.

Work in progress
Angela is undertaking a third stage development of ‘Return to The River’ in residence at The Arts Centre Cootamundra during June-July and September 2018 and a final stage into presentation in March 2019. Running parallel to this process Murmuration will be facilitating an open learning program.

‘Return to The River’ will premiere at The Arts Centre Cootamundra, Tin Shed Theatre in March 2019.

Creative Team
Creator + Performer | Angela French
Collaborator + Outside Eye | Sarah-Vyne Vassallo + Kay Armstrong

Read more about Angela French.

‘Return to the River’ is co-produced by Murmuration and The Arts Centre Cootamundra and is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Ausdance NSW.

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Credit image: 1 & 2. Performing artist Angela French in ‘Return to The River’ solo performance development in Dubai 2015. Photo by Angela French.