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October 27, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
$80 – $95
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Pepe’s Italian and Liquor
275 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Art as a weapon in the battle for the Australian imagination

Members' Lunch with Daniel Riley

Hosted by:
Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM

October 27, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

$80 – $95

Daniel, a Wiradjuri man with cultural connections throughout western NSW, commenced his role as the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in January 2022. He is the 6th Artistic Director in ADT’s 57-year history and the first First Nations person to be appointed.

His career has seen him perform for numerous companies in Australia and abroad, as well as having choreographed more than 15 works nationally and internationally.

Daniel has just completed the premiere season and tour of SAVAGE, his first major work with the company which he describes as “an exploration of power, myth and identity – the violence of forgetting”. SAVAGE explores our fundamental belief systems, our blind obedience and our belief in the truths and lies that have captured the Australian imagination. He is interested in exploring and questioning what is beneath, below or hidden.


Daniel will speak about the power of art as storytelling, and the power of storytelling to change hearts and minds, in the battle for the Australian imagination. He says art can address and cross over into many aspects of our nation, and First Nations storytelling more importantly, can effect cultural and national shifts.

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