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Review of ‘Mapping the Heart’

mapping the heart signA Program

There was a lot to take in, as the sign above indicates. But it was not just a poet spouting the words on the page and seeking only the treasury of words and metaphor. She chose to enlist others talents and add dimensions of dance, song, photographic imagery.

Of the performance I remember of the photography backdrops an image of aeriel landscape and river groove, a bunch of hearts. There was much more but I didn’t always remember to look – perhaps with a larger screen I would have taken in more of the photographs, but the space offered some limitations as well as benefits to the performers. The benefits being ‘pull in the audience from the shops and mesmerise them with art. ‘ Take art to the people.

Of the words I remember that the poet’s persona or is it the poet Helen Ramoutsaki ‘doesn’t do domestic’ but she does a lot of dancing, and a lot about a mirror of being.

DSC_0571Helen Ramoutsaki ‘not doing domestic’

DSC_0610 ‘Mirror’ performed by Marilyn Davidson

I am laughing because in a cow girl country western song, a woman finds a man she once desired when he was with a wife is no longer so desirable when he has left her. She realises he is not what she really wants.

DSC_0556Karen White – ‘One of Those Days’

I see the girl in the green dress dancing with something that mimics the flow of sand and wind. She is mapping the heart in the air? I don’t remember words or images when she was on stage because she has created an audience entrancement.

mapping space2bAnna Whiting performing during, Stumbled’

mapping space.......

The actor with his undertaker/sorry marriage suit is centre stage a few times. For later he is mesmerising when he with a basket, full of loveheart lollipops, selling us on the desirability of food.

mapping the heart song4Karen White & Shaun Cramm perform ‘One of Those Days’

The staging was varied, with actors/singers taking on solo roles as well as group performances. Some even more traditional reading of poetry (but with four voices instead of one).

DSC_0614The singing ranged from lyrical, celtic kind of feel to country and Western to soft rock. The whole performance ended with a chorus backing Omid in his song setting of a poem by Ramoutsaki . Omid is a musician /song writer in Port Douglas who has a number of records, for this performance he performed two songs written by the poet but with his music, ‘Anywhere on this Earth’ and ‘Daintree Dancing.’

mapping the heart performanceFrank Frikker, Upsana ? & Co Performing Song in Mapping the Heart

still to lable this one checking with cast (:


DSC_0635Frank Frikker and Omid Master performing ‘Anywhere on This Earth’

Also photographed, Shaun Cramm, Helen Ramoutsaki, Anna Whiting


My overall impression of the piece was that is was very attractive compared to a straight reading of poetry and was indeed a piece of theatre.



One comment on “Review of ‘Mapping the Heart’

  1. June
    July 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on Australian Blogs and commented:

    I like covering what Artists of Baha’i background are doing out in the wider community. This is an article on Omid Master working in collaboration with a poet.

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