Hydrodome Project

Celebrating Mandurah and Peel’s experience on the water


Mandurah has been exploring its multi-faceted relationship with its ocean, focusing on the community’s connection to its waterways.

A soundscape, composed by artist Justin Wiggan, has been created to recount the sounds and narratives of the community’s experiences on the water. In a series of movement workshops caught on film, members of the elderly, special needs and Noongar communities, as well as children, dance schools and swim schools perform beautiful choreography shaped by Bernadette Lewis. Using these movements, sound collections and films, a cutting-edge 360 degree film has been created, together with an eerie watery soundscape and dance. These films, along with the soundscapes, will be shown at the 2018 Stretch Festival in a projection dome that members of the public are invited to enter and immerse themselves within.

This multi-sensory artwork was launched at Kaya – Party in the Square during October of 2017, and now this incredible creation that the community of Mandurah and Peel have contributed to alongside internationally recognised and award-winning artists David Carson, Bernadette Lewis and Justin Wiggan, will be presented at the 2018 Stretch Festival.

To be a part of the Hydrodome installation, check out the series of dance workshops on offer as part of the pre-festival program of events.

Thanks to the Wardong dancers, the staff and residents of Mercy Place, Mandjoogoorap Dreaming, participants who danced, swam and donated sounds, and Jen and Mick Hurley who kindly let us use their pool for early experiments.

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