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Gene Tree: Listen. Now. Again

Gene Tree: Listen. Now. Again

4 - 13 November 2022
Presented by St Martins in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

‘Do we have to have hope to evolve?

Leading audiences on an interactive performance adventure through Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, children and teenagers ask ‘impossible questions’ about evolution, adaptation and hope.

An ode to the planet, Gene Tree: Listen. Now. Again invites audiences into small moments: feet on the grass, back against a tree, face in the wind.

Music, rhythm and projections interlace with children’s stories of change and connection to nature. Part living sculpture, part call to attention, Gene Tree immerses audiences inside a chorus of children’s voices, dreaming futures together within the nooks and crannies of the Gardens.

Gene Tree three children around a tree
Play Video about Gene Tree three children around a tree

Location / Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Meet at the Visitor Centre

This performance takes place outside. Please dress for the weather and bring appropriate footwear.

Accessibility / This performance is assisted wheelchair accessible. Contact the Visitor Centre for further information.

Auslan interpreted performances /
Sunday, 6 November
Saturday, 12 November

Relaxed performance and access guide

Cast and Creatives

Performers / The Gene Tree cast comprises 14 young people from Congress, St Martins’ think tank ensemble aged between 11 and 17 years old, and 15 young people from Dandenong Primary School aged between 9 – 12 years old.  

Concept, Composer, Musician / Elissa Goodrich

Director  / Nadja Kostich  

Producer / Lara Week 

Associate Director / Katrina Cornwell 

Set / Nature and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Lighting / The Sun

Production Design / Emily Barrie and Rachel Burke  

Video Design and Dramaturgy / Michael Carmody  

St Martins collaborating Artists / Amelia Ducker, Nicolette Forte, Maria Theodorakis and Alice Qin

Musicians / Rodrigo Salgado (double bass), Gideon Brazil (woodwinds), Leah Scholes (percussion) and Elissa Goodrich (percussion) 

Production Manager / Rain Iyahen  

Stage Manager / Zsuzsa Gaynor Mihaly  

Technical Manager / Russell Goldsmith

Production Assistant / Millie Levakis-Lucas

Technical Assistant / Giovanna Yate Gonzales
Assistant Stage Manager / Klari Agar
Access Consultants / Artemis Muñoz and Kian Hall

‘We invite you to embrace silence, even in the midst of all this sound. Silence isn’t the absence of something but the presence of everything, it’s a way of paying attention.’

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Gene Tree: Listen. Now. Again has also been made possible due to the contribution of the JumpStart! grant from VicHealth and an Annual Arts grant from the City of Melbourne. 

St Martins also acknowledges the support we have received from the Besen Family Foundation and the Robert Salzer Foundation in funding this project.