By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey
“Savage something that we need to remember
From the wreck of history
Family images of fading splendour
Where they lead I’m following…”
– Tim Finn, White Cloud
Tim Finn, legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of SplitEnz, will perform White Cloud – a musing meditative performance about family, identity and home – this January atArts Centre Melbourne.
White Cloud alchemises observation and contemplation, photographs and journals, narrative and music to deliver apotent celebration of family, ancestry and what it means to be Pakeha (a Māori language term for New Zealanderswho are of European descent).
Through songs and stories, Tim introduces us to family members past and present, whose voices echo throughjournals, letters and memoirs – matched by dreamlike imagery drawn from 8mm home movies shot largely by hisfather, Richard Finn.
An inspired collaboration between Finn, leading New Zealand playwright/screenwriter Ken Duncum and video artistSue Healey, White Cloud has moved audiences and critics alike in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and the UK.
“We always envisaged White Cloud as an immersive experience, not a narrative in the traditional sense. More aseries of impressions of people, places and our family backgrounds, which together tell a larger story,” explainsDuncum.
A richly textured blend of beautifully melodic music and poetically evocative prose brought to life in the intimateconfines of the Fairfax Studio, this inventive reflection on the lives of families growing up in New Zealand, looseningties to the UK and encountering Maori culture is not to be missed.
Arts Centre Melbourne presents
White Cloud: Tim Finn
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
13 – 15 January, 2017
Book at artscentremelbourne.com.au