Winds of Woerr tells the tale of seasons of northern Australia.

Winds of Woerr tells the tale of seasons of northern Australia. Photo: Gregory Lorenzutti

Reviewer rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Until May 11 Winds of Woerr
Ghenoa Gela 
Next Wave Festival 
Northcote Town Hall 
Until May 11

In the vein of the best storytellers, Ghenoa Gela directs her tale to each and every member of her audience in Winds of Woerr. We are warmly greeted as we enter, offered a cup of tea, and then introduced to Gela’s mother, Annie, whose voice we hear throughout the performance.

Annie Gela tells us the tale of the four sister winds that dance through the Torres Strait, heralding new seasons or bringing storms crashing to the shores of the islands, all the while squabbling gently among themselves as they go about their work.

The four sister winds are performed by dancers Melanie Palomares, Melinda Tyquin, Andrea Adidi and Gela. Each sister possesses her own signature prop for making sounds as well as distinct characteristics of the seasons; one whispers secrets to the islands as she passes, while another summons thunder and lighting.

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