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The Tiger Lillies’ Premiere Cockatoo Prison (2010) at the 17th Biennale of Sydney

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by Bandini
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The Tiger Lillies’ will premiere their twenty-first century grand opera Cockatoo Prison (2010) at 17th Biennale of Sydney, The BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age on Thursday, 20 May 2010.

The Tiger Lillies’ will premiere their twenty-first century grand opera Cockatoo Prison (2010) at 17th Biennale of Sydney, The BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age on Thursday, 20 May 2010.

Every two years, the Biennale of Sydney stages a three-month exhibition, plus a program of artist talks, performances, forums, film screenings, family events, guided tours and other special events, all free to the public. The third oldest biennale in the world, established in 1973, the Biennale of Sydney continues to be recognised for showcasing the freshest and most provocative contemporary art from Australia and around the world. Over the past 37 years, the critically acclaimed and popular large-scale exhibitions have showcased more than 1355 artists from over 82 countries.

The debut of the Tiger Lillies’ Cockatoo Prison, composed for the17th Biennale of Sydney, will take place on Sydney Harbour’s famous Cockatoo Island – an astonishing heritage-listed former prison and shipyard located in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Cockatoo Prison takes as its starting point the complex history of prisons and penal colonies, in particular Cockatoo Island, to present an excoriating analysis of the many ways in which crime is regarded and power is dispensed within contemporary society.

The infamous London-based trio will be joined on stage by cast of criminals, playing percussion on the bars of their gaol. Backed by this motley group of prisoners – the thief, the rapist, the fraudster, the bomber, the junkie, the paedophile, the gangster, the cut throat, the serial killer, the sadist, the child murderer – the Tiger Lillies introduce the inmates and their crimes through song.

Three special free performances of Cockatoo Prison will take place in Building 74 on Cockatoo Island on Thursday, 20, Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22 May, at 7.30 pm. A complimentary return ferry service between Circular Quay and Cockatoo Island will be provided.

Bookings essential. For more information, or bookings from 3 May, visit: www.bos17.com

BUY THE CD ON MAY 20th 2010!

Cockatoo Prison CD cover
by Bandini
Cockatoo Prison CD cover

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