My Life, My Love

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My Life, My Love - State Theatre Company of South Australia 2002

by Pat Rix

History, Choir & Performing Arts - When Tutti sings, lives are changed.
Founded by South Australian playwright/composer Pat Rix, Tutti began as a small singing group for intellectually disabled people at Minda Inc in 1997. As people from the wider community joined, the group quickly grew to become a choir of 40 members, drawing on both music and theatre for inspiration.

In 2000 the choir’s work in progress performance of My Life, My Love, an opera developed with Pat Rix, surprised and delighted the Adelaide arts community.

Soon choir member numbers began to grow as did requests for performances and the group began to commit themselves to a rigorous rehearsal schedule. Disabled and non-disabled singers performed side by side, friendships were born and acceptance and celebration of differences became their bond.

In 2001, the choir incorporated to become the Tutti Ensemble, shortly before opening the KickstART Celebration of Arts and Disability in Vancouver. From that time on, Tutti’s vision became to challenge and improve society’s view of people with a disability.

In 2002 thanks to the vision of State Theatre’s then Artistic Director Rosalba Clemente and Adelaide Festival Director Peter Sellars, Tutti became the first Australian community arts organisation to partner a flagship company in an international mainstream arts festival. With a cast of over one hundred, most of whom identified with a disability, including three of the principals, My Life, My Love was a sell-out hit.

Over 7,000 people enjoyed eight performances with audiences responding that their perception of disability had been changed. They wanted to see and hear more from ‘that choir’. My Life, My Love won the critics ‘Light of the Festival’ Award and was nominated for a Helpmann Award.

My Life, My Love - Diat Alferink, Karl Bryhn, Laurence Clifford, Brian Gilbertson, Steve Goldsmith, Jayne Hewetson, Jennifer Kneale, Romy Loor, Barbro Spry, Barbara West, The Tutti Ensemble Holdfast Choir, The Rhythm Method and Heaven Knows

Director - Rosalba Clemente
Designer - Cath Cantlon
Lighting - Mark Shelton
Stage Manager - Shelly Lush

Playbill / Program Date  Mar 2002 - The Norwood Concert Hall 

Size 145 x 210 mm 

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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