On my way to asylum

WHEN: Sun, 15 May 2011, 03:40pm - 04:00pm

WHERE: The Abbotsford Convent, Courtyard (Rosina) - 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
 3067, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA (latitude 37° 48’ 7.81" S ; longitude 145° 0’ 13.61" E )

The journey of asylum and its consequences for one’s identity are often spoken of silence and written on water. Ondru presents an intimate interpretation of the poem On my way to asylum, a personal journey brought to life through dance, music, poetry, vocals and sculpture. It is performed at Rhythm & Rights organised by Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF).

On my way to asylum
script of my memoirs, I find
on unlined pages
rear of a novel I read years ago
written with blood of my own
photographs in black & white and burnt edges
smell of ash
            brittle memory of a life buried beneath
an affair with question                                                  
never leaves the bed
mind hangs on a barbwire fence
commas turned to colons
            showing clear breaks
story with a struggle for breath
born on a tear of Indian ocean
without a nation for some years
covering the scars with silent of eyes
crawling on bare knees,
broken body of words and a weightless bag
arrive here in the cold
            with and without will
searching a new beginning
my drawn hand to greet the horizon

When: 15 May 2011 (3.40pm)

Where: The Abbotsford Convent, Courtyard (Rosina) - 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
 3067, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA 

Getting there: Train to Victoria Park & 12 mins walk (Epping/Hurstbridge line) / Melways Reference 44 G5

Tickets for the Rhythm and Rights festival: $10 Full/$7 Concession (pay at the door)

Contact: mail@ondru.org

On my way to asylum

On my way to asylum

Ondru presents On my way to asylum

See more photos from the event at flikr logo; background photography of Erica Ordinary and event photography by Shane Lam; sculpture by Karleena Mitchell; flyer designed by Fanny Dallenne


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