This is a gentle face in a brute world
Love-Song-Circus is a moving and truly unique work of pure beauty based on the stories of Australia’s first convict women. Combining textures of folk instrumentation, string quartet, piano and Noonan’s angelic voice with the graceful physicality of 3 of Circa’s acrobat/ aerialists, this work shares these untold stories within an evocative, beautiful and emotionally engaging performance.
The seeds of this project were sewn a couple of years ago when Katie Noonan read of an exhibition at the National Museum called Love Tokens. This collection contains 307 tokens dating from 1762-1856, most of them fashioned from the 1797 Cartwheel penny. These pennies proved perfect as tokens – they were cheap, made of a soft copper and were quite large – providing plenty of space for inscriptions. Convicts would engrave them with messages and images for the loved ones they had to leave behind.
‘This symbol of love captured my imagination immediately – it is a profound glimpse into the minds of the first convicts to come to this land’ Noonan explains. ‘As a woman and mother I felt deeply compelled to explore these stories. I soon discovered that the life of the first female convicts is a part of our history that has been explored by few.’
Love-Song-Circus premiered at the 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival to full houses and rave reviews and played to packed houses in the Spiegeltent in Melbourne in early 2013.
Love-Song-Circus will tour again in 2014 with seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
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‘Impossibly beautiful, this show is a gift to our contemporary Australian culture. Pure and tragic, brutal and transcending!’ KATE CEBERANO, Artistic Director ACF
‘Noonan’s songs give life to the courage and stoicism of young women otherwise lost as mere mentions in prison records and colonial archives… This is an accessible, highly accomplished new composition that deserves wide attention.’ THE AUSTRALIAN
‘First and foremost: Noonan’s songwriting capabilities are formidable. Anyone with knowledge of her previous musical endeavours will not be disappointed with the innate beauty of her music…In fact, the world premiere of Love-Song-Circus was so musically exact that it should have been recorded’ AUSSIETHEATRE.COM
Fierce Hearts – The Music of Love-Song-Circus
The soundtrack to Love-Song-Circus is available at Katie’s webshop here