A Hidden World – Canberra International Music Festival

Sunday 1 May 2022
Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia

Rubiks Collective presents Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines, a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry.

Barbie spoke with Gelareh Pour from Rubik’s Collective about A Hidden World

Collected in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan, these poems offer a surprising and vivid – and often humorous – glimpse into the lives of women existing under the watch of an ultraconservative regime.

Exploring the distance, anonymity, and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features fixed electronics, projections and the stunning vocals of Persian born, Melbourne based performer Gelareh Pour.

Further information: https://cimf.org.au/shows/a-hidden-world/)


Gemma Peacocke (NZ/US):  Waves & Lines, followed by a panel discussion, led by Genevieve Jacobs AM, with Virginia Haussegger AM, Gelareh Pour and Professor Amin Saikal.


Gelareh Pour with Rubiks Collective:

  • Kaylie Melville, percussion
  • Jacob Abela, keyboards
  • Hamish Gullick, bass

Accompanying projections by Anchuli Felicia King