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This was my contribution to the third event of the Peoples Performance Project, just held here in Melbourne:
Aging in a Time of War (2)
Aging in a time of war is to watch armor and rockets, bullets and bombs tear through flesh, through bone, through hope, through youth. Our old bodies scarred by the accidents of life remember the days of wholeness, remember the body when it knew no fear. I see the faces of the young who have fallen, those who will never reach 60 years, who will never have the luxury of wearing out their joints in the pursuit of chosen pleasures. We who best know how easy it is to fall must refuse the deadening of these faces. Old men, it is said, send young men and women to die; and we will pay the price for every day we live on the bones of our young. We who walk with canes or tremble in the looseness of our limbs, we who nurse along a fragile thing because every morning is a touch we would not relinquish, we must rage against this killing of their days. Our most precious knowledge, how histories accumulate in the bone and in the heart, must stand against the witless waste of war.
Peoples Performance Project
November 11, 2006
Featuring a diverse and exciting line-up:
musical acts Guns for St Sebastian, Purple Dog Rhythm, Robyn Tokah, Richie Lipp, Simon Jerrems, Belly Slap, spoken word Joan Nestle, Anna Gould, Ria Strong, Anjelka Bazdaric, Taylor Kendal and more performances Sally Goldner and Jez Wiggins Open Mike and more!
Chairs, food and cask wine provided
BYO blanket (if required).
$10 more if/less if - to be divided amongst performers, cover cost and go
towards the Amal Basri film project
5pm arrival to the carnival atmosphere - (improv music, banner painting,
roving performances etc) Performances start 6pm (we will start on time)
In our backyard
[members address deleted], East Kew
The Peoples Performance Project is a grass-roots resistance movement bringing people together in the spirit of community - making private space public, dissolving borders and boundaries, building alliances and friendships by sharing art and experiences.
Purpledog Rhythms - Audience Participation
Ghost Stories: Previous Entries
4 October 2005 You Could Always Count on Them to Pull the Trigger: The American Regime in Power, 2005 29 September 2005 Joining Us Was 28 September 2005 There She Goes Again 11 September 2005 The Question of Wind 30 August 2005 The Death of a Ghost 21 August 2005 On-Going Reflections about Grassroots Archiving 9 August 2005 Dear friends, readers and Web explorers... 16 May 2005 Aging in a Time of War