Creative Seniors

60+Performance Project


A social and creative project for our seniors led by creative team, Annette Tesoriero and Philip Channells with composer Damien Barbeler and filmmaker Sam James. The team established an inquiry-based ethos, inviting participants to learn and create, have fun, explore and 'misbehave'.

60+Performance Workshops

Defy fear, when possible.
- Larraine Franklin

In February 2017 around 60 seniors participated in a workshop program led by the key artists.

Annette led 'Deep Listening, Joyous Voice', an exploration of listening, singing and speaking. 'Every breath ends, every sound decays; we are in essence ephemeral but abundant life is found in the smallest breath and the slightest sound'.

Philip guided participants through 'Body Questions' investigating movement and text derived from the lived experience of ageing, taboo and self determination. Individuals danced their autobiography.

Damien Barbeler invited five participants at a time to Bundanon to respond to the landscape. Using paper and pastels they created a score of Pulpit Rock and the surrounding landscape which was interpreted by live musicians.

As well as scheduled workshops there were other offerings. We set up a pop up shop in Nowra for a month which became a base for guided conversations, music making, costume making and filming video portraits with Sam James. We invited participants to take part in an excursion to Riversdale and attend a masterclass with the Sydney Symphony Fellows followed by a generative writing project.

The Program conlcuded with a big celebration 'Pool Party' at the Shoalhaven Surf Life Saving Club where everyone gathered to share their experiences, perform, paint and party.

60+ Siteworks

It is the intangible connection between one being and another that keeps the emotional muscle of our hearts pounding.
- Annette Tesoriero

The 60+Performance Ensemble were invited to make a work for Bundanon's annual Siteworks Event. The theme for 2017 was 'The Birds and the Bees'.

They came up with a title, 'One Enchanted Evening' a twenty minute choreographed performance in front of the Brook Andrew caravan which provided a surface for Sam James' beautiful projections. Performers danced and held their ground, their bodies communicating stories of love and loss.

Retro screens were installed in the Brook Andrew caravans playing the video portraits of the 60+ community.