Kaleidoscope Festival: Visual feast for Reverse Dreamtime Story at Joondalup Library

Reverse Dreamtime Story in all its dazzling glory.
Michelle Kickett.
Reverse Dreamtime Story in all its dazzling glory. Michelle Kickett.

WHILE Joondalup Library has played host to many a storytelling session over the years, not once has the story been illuminated on to the building itself for all to see.

That will change when the inaugural Kaleidoscope festival comes to the Joondalup City Centre next week.

Combining the visual art of respected Nyoongar artist Dennis Kickett (Noongali) and his daughter Michelle (Willura) and directed by Dennis Simmons, a Joondalup Aboriginal creative director, Reverse Dreamtime Story is set to impress.

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Simmons, who founded cultural group Maar Koodjal and is a writer, performer and musician, conceived the idea of Reverse Dreamtime Story to show how Aboriginal culture will successfully thrive and carry forward into the future.

He devised a song and music to convey the story and has worked with local music producer Mason Vellios to create a soundtrack to support the animation.

“The Waagyl (traditional Nyoongar name for the Rainbow Serpent) is the creator of all things for us,” Simmons said.

“This projection continues our dreamtime story into the far future, and because of this it means that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who see this will be entwined into this future Dreamtime together.”

Kaleidoscope creative director Cindi Drennan said Reverse Dreamtime Story was devised as an architectural projection that acknowledges the deep time connection that Indigenous people have to the country and connects to this year’s theme for Kaleidoscope, which is ‘City of the Future’.

“The Reverse Dreamtime Story will tell a story unlike any story ever seen before in Joondalup,” she said.

“Dennis Simmons and Dennis and Michelle Kickett developed the idea of representing a future Dreamtime story that all Australians should relate to, as it builds on the significant and special story of the Rainbow Serpent, known in different forms to Aboriginal people all around our country.

The project saw interstate digital animators collaborating with traditional artists.

“It is a stunning blend of two and three-dimensional animation, traditional style dot painting and of highly colourful digital animation with music,” she said.

The City of Joondalup Kaleidoscope festival will run from November 10 to 13, with activities and entertainment starting from 5.30pm before the city lights up from 7.15pm until late.