Walbrininy musical on at Gravity Discovery Centre

Derek Nannup (Nollamara) and Michael Spratt (Thornlie) -Moorditj Mob dancers with Alien (Genrefonix actor Paul Rowe, of White Gum Valley). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Derek Nannup (Nollamara) and Michael Spratt (Thornlie) -Moorditj Mob dancers with Alien (Genrefonix actor Paul Rowe, of White Gum Valley). Photo: Martin Kennealey

SOUNDS of the universe have inspired a musical production at the Gravity Discovery Centre this month.

Performance artists Genrefonix will stage Walbrininy on August 11 and 12 as part of National Science Week activities at the centre.

The performance will take the audience through the venue and include the arrival of an alien and spaceship.

The centre’s lead astronomer Rick Tonello, Noongar Elder Noel Nannup and the Moorditj Mob dancers, based at Wesley College in South Perth, will form the welcome party for the visiting alien.

The show will include sci-fi film sequences, live music and Indigenous storytelling to uncover a world of spiralling neutron stars and demonstrate how scientists ‘listen to the universe’ following the detection of gravitational waves.

The Noongar concept of ‘walbrininy’ means total wellbeing, all encompassing, everything connected and right.

In the show, Walbrininy is a fictional planet, existing 130 million years ago.

Genrefonix is an arts music collective made up of White Gum Valley residents Paul Rowe, Brendan Giambazi and Priam Bacich, as well as Peter Finkle, of South Fremantle.

Creative Will Axten, of Melville, founded the collective in 2016 and has 25 years’ experience as a filmmaker, digital artist, sound engineer and musician.

The Gravity Discovery Centre is also hosting the MathsAlive exhibition until November 7.

What: Walbrininy live show

Who: Genrefonix

Where: Gravity Discovery Centre, 1098 Military Road, Gingin

When: 4.30pm and 7pm on Saturday, August 11 and 3.30pm and 6pm on Sunday, August 12

Cost: $30, free for children under five

Tickets: call 9575 7577 or email bookings@gravitycentre.com.au

More: www.gravitycentre.com.au