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Workshop: Listening to the Kindly Ones with Glenda Cloughley and Johanna McBride

  • Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 280 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

The workshop amplifies the themes of Friday night, offering an experience in using the regeneration myth and the arts as remedies for the impotent grief and fear many people feel in the climate change crisis. Glenda and Johanna will introduce The Gifts of the Furies, Glenda’s big story-song about relations between people and Earth, which Johanna directed in 25 performances from 2008 to 2012. They will show some performance video clips and lead our consideration of the way citizens can still activate regenerative dynamics while we play, maybe sing, and read together in passages from the Furies libretto and the great ancient drama of The Eumenides.  Usually translated as ‘The Kindly Ones’, The Eumenides is the name of the spirits of Earth in their original, benevolent aspect. The Furies – their opposite, terrifying face – drive the ancient and current dramas, challenging the divinity of civilised wisdom to address the consequence of people raising city laws above the laws of nature. By afternoon’s end, we hope to have discovered anew why this is the only Greek tragedy that ends happily!

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Dr Glenda Cloughley is a Canberra-based Jungian analyst and musician who believes that the arts are potent vehicles for necessary social change. She sings with A Chorus of Women and has composed a large body of poetic lyrics and music to retell some of the great teaching stories of the Western tradition and resound the participative democratic voice of the citizens chorus.  Glenda has an academic background in Social Ecology and Cultural Psychology, and has given conference papers and public lectures in Australia and overseas about the enculturation of trauma and pathways to cultural wellbeing –– often combined with the performance of original music. Glenda was an Adjunct Lecturer in the Master of Analytical Psychology program at the University of Western Sydney, teaching the subject Madness and Culture.  This background combined with her previous work as a journalist and public affairs and management consultant helped her to imagine and initiate the ‘Lament’, a song that wanted to be sung by many Australians in 2003 as our government was committing to war in Iraq.

Johanna McBride has been midwife of music for Canberra’s famous A Chorus of Women for 13 years. In addition to conducting myriad Chorus performances, her close collaborations with Glenda include development of their two-hander version of The Gifts of the Furies which has toured as far afield as the 2012 international Jungian conference in Braga, Portugal. Johanna received her musical training in Vienna before emigrating in 1979. The Song Company, Canberra Boys Choir, Canberra Youth Choir, the Llewellyn Choir and the Cyrenes are among the many ensembles she has worked with as accompanist and conductor in Sydney, Canberra and regional Australia. Johanna’s experiences of displacement as a young girl following the 1956 Hungarian Uprising underlie her interest in cultural psychology and the role music can play in social change.

Date: 10 September 2016
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Level 1 Sydney Mechanics' School
of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Cost: Members $120 Non-Members $180 Non-Member
Concession $140

*Psychotherapists and other practitioners can obtain credit for six Professional Development Hours recognised by CAPA, PACFA and ACA for this workshop.

Refund Policy: If the event is cancelled by The Sydney Jung Society, a full refund will be made. If the purchaser cancels within 48 hours of the event, they will be entitled to a 90% refund.