A whole new whirl

Tradition: Members of the Whirling Dervish Dancers of Istanbul doing their thing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios        www.communitypix.com.au   d436264
Tradition: Members of the Whirling Dervish Dancers of Istanbul doing their thing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios        www.communitypix.com.au d436264

One of the largest productions held by the City saw 250 Australian and Turkish artists combine talents for an evening of drama, dance and music at the Shelley Beach Foreshore.

As part of the Canning World Arts Exchange performance, Gallipoli Voices, artists from Turkey, performed the traditional Whirling Dervish Dance alongside local dancers.

The Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and the Ottoman Mehter Military Band from Melbourne performed Turkish music.

The University of WA Choral Society also performed The Armed Man, which was composed by Karl Jenkins and conducted by Chris Van Tuinen.

The works of Australian playwright Will O�Mahony and Istanbul playwright Hakan Silahsizoglu were also showcased.

City of Canning Commissioner Steven Cole said the City worked closely with the local Turkish community to create the authentic and multicultural event.

�This is a significant time in the history of Australia, but also marks our place as to where we are as a nation today,� Mr Cole said.

�What makes this performance so special is that it tells the story from both the Australian and the Turkish perspective.�

Gallipoli Voices continues the City�s tradition of commissioning new work from local and international artistes to work collaboratively towards shared performances.