Sector: Arts and Culture
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Big hART Inc.
Inspired by the true story of Australian priest Tony Glynn, Canberra Nara Peace Project is a cross-cultural theatre project about peacemaking between cultures.
Big hART presents a performance inspired by one man's quest to return Samurai swords taken by Australian soldiers during WW2. His peacemaking quest involved regional families in Australia in the difficult years after the war.
The piece utilises dialogue, poetic text, music, movement and song, and using a contemporary approach explores the ancient art of Japanese tea ceremonies and sword making. Interweaving stories from families in regional and rural Japan and Canberra, the performance will trace the journey of Samurai swords from Japan, into the field of battle, stolen in triumph, and carried home to Australia.
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Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000