CREATE NSW Funding application
Music composed as part of 'ECHO' by Yunyu Ong and ensemble. (UNMUTE)
Commissioned and workshopped: 2022.
In performance: 2024.
Composed and performed by Rose Riebl, directed by Danielle O’Keefe and presented by ‘The House that Dan Built’, REVERENCE is part Requiem, part modern opera; and something entirely new. This singular and intense debut work combines piano, percussion, 6 solo voices and a chorus to create an emotionally charged, bold and layered work.
Inspired by ancient myths of the female heroine, SALT explores the fragility, certainty and strength of girls as they find themselves women.
Danielle O’Keefe’s award winning female ensemble swaddle the audience in haunting choral music. Through a synergy of moving bodies and an original choral score, SALT follows an emotional journey of female adolescence into womanhood. Performed and devised by The House ensemble of teenage girls, we witness them wrestle the ocean and emerge heroic.
SALT is a cathartic work written by the Ensemble in collaboration with Danielle O'Keefe, across 3 years from 2016-2019.
Composers: Jessica O'Donoghue, Pru Montin, Yunyu Ong, Aija Draguns, Audrey Ormella, Leahannah Crimmins
Composed by three established and three emerging female composers, 100 Stories 100 Capes is a large-scale community project created across 3 years. In the lockdown, young women from The House interviewed 100 cape-makers: cross-age women from remote, regional, metropolitan and urban communities in every Australian state. The 100 interviews have been composed into an hour long choral work for a 100 woman choir to sing. The developing work will be designed for audiences to navigate an installation hearing their stories, housed within red capes and interspersed with music and stories.
The AKIN Program creates opportunities for Arts participation in targeted rural communities, for girls aged 8-18. We want to create an opportunity for every girl who puts her hand up saying I want to learn to use my voice. AKIN is a songwriting program that sees The House creative team facilitate cross-age singing and songwriting workshops, creating more city-country connections.
holiday art camp
for kids of the berrigan region
THE HOUSE MUSIC & ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA was a free five-day residential camp in Berrigan that ran in the April school holidays.
Participants can chose from a wide range of workshops, such as music, singing, songwriting, acting, design, costume, animation, puppetry, videography, gaming or performance making. Together the team will create, rehearse and perform a showcase of their work to friends, family and the local community at the historic North Tuppal Woolshed.
work with young people
Inspired by experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the huge challenges that isolation brought to musicians, The House presents BAGATELLE. This project was a 2021 House Commission to showcase a series of micro-compositions written by The House ensemble in collaboration with celebrated composer and pianist Sally Whitwell. This work celebrates choral voice, the return to live music, and the human connection of singing together.
tender young creatures
Tender Young Creatures is an immersive choral installation that explores the concern of girls and women walking alone at night. This show is inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood tale, and through 10 distinct moments, the audience experience the duality of what it is like to be a girl walking alone at night and the wolf who peers in the dark. By giving the audience this experience, Tender Young Creatures creates an empathetic audience willing to listen to young girls, and engage in meaningful conversation.
Toy Choir is an introduction-to-music program dedicated to excellence in choral ensemble work and the development of young artists in singing, songwriting and performance. Toy Choir was established in Sydney, and is now offering the program in Gunnedah and Deniliquin, offering high quality music education to girls in regional towns and cities.
Toy Choir is bursting with happiness, hearing the sweet and joyous harmonies of young girls voices with infectious and rhythmic ukulele strumming. Girls aged 9–16 learn to develop their voices and build confidence to take space and have their stories heard. Key to the program’s success is spreading joy and peer–to–peer learning. As soon as students are capable they become teachers, creating a cycle-of-learning: learn–do–teach–master.