Kurtjar dancer Jack Sheppard’s debut solo performance The Honouring traces themes of suicide and trauma within Indigenous communities and the journey of grief and acceptance that those affected must travel. It explores the transitions the spirits have taken after suicide and pays homage to their names.
Using movement, dialogue, text and puppetry, this new work asks you to consider; does the soul get stuck between two worlds when attached to a taboo form of death, and without correct ritual to guide the spirit on?
The Honouring is an exciting new work by an emerging performer.
Performer / Creator: Jack Sheppard
Puppetry / Set Design: Tim Denton
Director: Eva Grace
Production Coordinator (Creative Development): Stephen Hawker
Movement Director: Rinske Ginsberg
Creative Mentor: Jacob Boehme
Sound: James Henry
Lighting: Tom Willis
The Honouring is a YIRRAMBOI KIN Commission. It has been supported by City of Melbourne through YIRRAMBOI Festival and the Annual Arts Grants program, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and the City of Darebin. Development of The Honouring has been supported by Lemony S Puppet Theatre and La Mama through the Indigenous Puppet Artist Fund of the Melbourne International Puppet Festival.