The Line

7:30PM Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Co3 Australia presents The Line, a world premiering creation by Raewyn Hill in collaboration with Mark Howett. This powerful dance-theatre work draws on the boundary line that demarcated a prohibited area in central Perth for Aboriginal people between 1927 and 1954. Co3’s cast are joined on stage with live accompaniment by Co3 Associate Artist and award-winning musician Eden Mulholland and internationally renowned piano-accordionist, James Crabb.

The Line is a Western Australian story of segregation, confinement, abandonment and of cross-racial relationships during the 1930s in Western Australia. On 18 March 1927, the Governor of Western Australia relied on the 1905 Act to declare the City of Perth a prohibited area for Aboriginal people, particularly affecting Noongar people who lived and worked there. They could not loiter, had to be there on particular business and were required to have a pass for work and entering a town. There was a six o’clock curfew which made it illegal for Aboriginal people to be in the City of Perth.

An artistic partnership between Raewyn Hill and Mark Howett, The Line shifts and shudders with the strength of contemporary voice, consciously echoing with the energy and movement of an unjust and painful past. A living history, a line that connects to an experience of the local community that is deeply soaked into place, land and memory.


State Theatre Centre of Western Australia    Perth

The Line

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