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Guest stars: Reflections on Gallipoli

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 by Neall Kriete

‘You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.’
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The invocation by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who became known as the father of modern Turkey, is inscribed on the memorial stone overlooking ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli. It provides the inspiration for the ACO’s artistic director, Richard Tognetti, large-scale theatre specialist, Nigel Jamieson, and one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, Neil Armfield, to bring to the stage their exploration of the ANZAC story through music, spoken word and imagery.

Featured in the Reflections on Gallipoli program is a new work for voice and orchestra, Our Sons, composed by Carl Vine, and sung by soprano Taryn Fiebig.

The concert fuses a powerful music program interwoven with spoken word. Actors, Yalin Ozucelik and Nathaniel Dean, recount the letters and diaries of the young soldiers meeting their enemies in a sea of bodies in no man’s land, over additional music written by Carl Vine.

Neil Armfield, Director

Neil Armfield is a leading Australian director of theatre, opera and film. He was co-founder of Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre and its Artistic Director for 17 years, during which time he directed over 50 productions, with a particular focus on new and Indigenous writing, the plays of Shakespeare and Jonson, Chekhov and Gogol, Patrick White and David Hare. Notable productions include Cloudstreet (toured to London twice, Dublin, Zurich, New York), Hamlet (toured Australia starring Richard Roxburgh), Diary of a Madman (with Geoffrey Rush, toured to Moscow, St Petersburg, New York), Exit the King (Sydney and Broadway, winning Geoffrey Rush a Tony), The Book of Everything (toured to New York), The Judas Kiss (toured Australia starring Bille Brown in 1999 and in 2012 with Rupert Everett) and The Secret River, adapted for theatre by Andrew Bovell.

Neil has directed for English National Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Chicago Lyric Opera, Zurich Opera, Bregenz Festival, and regularly with Opera Australia, Canadian Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. He has directed new operas Frankie and The Eighth Wonder by Alan John, Love Burns by Graeme Koehne and Bliss by Brett Dean, as well as operas by such composers as Mozart, Strauss, Janacek and Britten. Last year he directed Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Melbourne and Tristan und Isolde in Washington.

Nigel Jamieson, Deviser

Nigel began his career in London, where he directed Trickster Theatre Company, worked at the Royal National Theatre, and was founder and of The London International Workshop Festival and the London Festival of New Circus. He was awarded a Greater London Arts Award for his outstanding contribution to London Arts.

Subsequently moving to Sydney Australia, he created a series of large scale works including Tin Symphony for the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony, the ABC Millennium Broadcast, the Closing Ceremony of the Manchester Commonwealth Games, the historic Yeperenye Federation Festival, the opening of the 2007 European City of Culture, Angkor Wat, Sydney Festival First Night, which received a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Special Event and Clusters of Light about the Prophet Mohammed.

Carl Vine, Composer – Our Sons 

Carl Vine

The leading Australian composer of his generation, Carl Vine’s symphonies, concertos and chamber music have achieved international acclaim, but it was as a composer of prodigiously imaginative scores for dance that he first made his name in the late 1970s. He is Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia and the Huntington Estate Music Festival and now lectures in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Taryn Fiebig, Soprano

Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia most popular and versatile artists. Her many roles as a principal soprano with Opera Australia have included Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Musetta in La bohème, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, The Woodbird (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and many others. In 2008/2009, she sang the leading role of Eliza Doolittle in the national tour of My Fair Lady. Taryn won a Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Lucy in Bliss (which she sang in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival).

Nathaniel Dean, Actor

Nathaniel Dean

Nathaniel has worked extensively in film, television and theatre. His first film role after graduating from NIDA in 1999 was in Tony Ayres’ + for which he received the Australian Film Institute Award (AFI) in 2002 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2004 Nathaniel was again nominated for an AFI for his role in Cate Shortland’s Somersault. His other film credits include roles in Neil Armfield’s Candy, and Tony McNamara’s The Rage in Lake Placid. Included in Nathaniel’s numerous television credits include Bikie Wars, Wild Boys, Underbelly, East West 101, All Saints, City Homicide, Killing Time, Satisfaction and Always Greener. Nathaniel’s roles in theatre include the Company B Neil Armfield productions Peribanez and Gwen in Purgatory.

Yalin Ozucelik, Actor

Yalin Ozucelik

Yalin Ozulcelik graduated from NIDA in 2007. Most recently, Yalin played Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac for Sydney Theatre Company for which he received a Sydney Theatre nomination. He also played the title role in Sport For Jove’s outdoor production of Cyrano de Bergerac, receiving the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Independent Production) 2014. Other recent theatre includes The Importance of Being Earnest for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Vere/Faith (STCSA/STC), This Is Where We Live (Just Visiting/Griffin Independent), Henry IV and King Lear (Bell Shakespeare), A Beautiful Life (Matrix/La Boite).

Reflections on Gallipoli
14–27 March 2015