Last week our multimedia performance The Reef was honoured at the Australian Surfing Awards, winning the Surf Culture Award at a ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday, 20 February. The Reef features original ocean, surfing and desert footage projected on a big screen behind our live performance.
Director Mick Sowry was there to accept the award on behalf of everyone who was part of the project. [See image above of Mick looking understandably pleased with the win.]
Richard Tognetti, our Artistic Director and the creative force behind The Reef, said he wouldn’t have dreamed of such a result 20 years ago. “Classical music wrestling with surfing in the desert, performed in the Sydney Opera House and all around Australia and in Hong Kong, then an award from the surfing industry? It’s a bit different from being booed off the stage at Bells in 1997!”
The Reef was created last May over four weeks at Carnarvon and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. It was a mammoth undertaking with Richard Tognetti leading a group of artists including members of the orchestra, cinematographer Jon Frank, director Mick Sowry, photographer Ed Sloane, composer Iain Grandage, didjeridoo player Mark Atkins, singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram and eight world-class surfers including fin-free legend Derek Hynd. Also joining the group for this surf/desert residency was a surf forecaster, a surf safety officer and multiple camera men and sound recordists.