A Tasmanian Requiem is an ambitious musical and visual conception that faces a past
haunted by the terrible legacy of the Black War of Van Diemen’s Land.
This groundbreaking collaboration between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists
acknowledges the impact of frontier conflict, and the strength, beauty and resilience of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. A necessary and redemptive journey, this Requiem
commemorates the irretrievable loss of innocence, and the power of truth and spirit.
Based loosely on the Requiem Mass and performed in English, Latin and Tasmania
Aboriginal languages, this unique performance experience fuses film, language and live music.
Performed by Tasmania’s premiere brass ensemble, the Island Brass Quintet, with an
extraordinary classical and contemporary vocal mix, A Tasmanian Requiem is at once
disturbing and uplifting, a musical gift for a shared future.
Composer: Helen Thomson
Writers: Greg Lehman, Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta and Frances Butler
Musical Director: Gary Wain
Visual Design: Julie Gough
and the Island Brass Quintet: