Concert recording coming soon
We're thrilled to invite you to the first Dreambox Collective concert of 2021! A Saturday afternoon of music, art and learning, in partnership with the Lillian Howell Project, a young women’s refuge.
"A Space of One’s Own" is a creative exploration of our relationship to home, and what it means to build a safer, more supportive environment in our own lives, as well as for others around us. It’s an acknowledgment of the various factors that impact women’s lives and how communities come together to create an environment where all women can thrive. In March, our Dreambox members visited the Lillian Howell Project and were absolutely in awe of the work they do in the education, care and support they provide to young women in Sydney. We are extremely grateful to have had the chance to learn about their work in depth.
Join us for an eye-opening experience of musical and artistic responses to this theme, featuring guest speaker Vivian Stavis (manager of the Lillian Howell Project), and the premiere of new works by Chloe Chung, Alice Chance, Deepka Ratra and Sandra Brand. The cost of your ticket will go towards supporting the Lillian Howell Project as well as ensuring Dreambox Collective can continue presenting concerts into the future.
The Lillian Howell Project (Lillian's) is a specialist homelessness service providing medium to long term 24 hour, on-site gender-specific supported housing for up to 13 young women and girls from the age of 13 to 17 years. Lillian’s has been operating in Sydney’s Inner West since 1988. To read more about Lillian's, visit their page here: http://lillians.org.au/
Dreambox Collective artists visiting Lillian Howell Project, March 2021
Chloe Chung is an innovative cross-cultural flautist, playing Western classical flute and dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), teaching music, and collaborating with others to foster unexpected musical forms and connections throughout Sydney. Her passion for creativity, sustainability and education are central to her work as an active performer, teacher, and emerging creative director.
A passionate educator, Chloe is currently Academic Lecturer of Flute at AIM (Australian Institute of Music), and Sydney Conservatorium High School. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she teaches dizi, performing regularly with the ensemble. In 2019, Chloe founded the Dreambox Collective.
Alice Chance is a sought-after composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City). But her music is also sung in auditoriums, paddocks and showers all around Australia.
Two-time finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year, Alice has created music for groups including Ensemble Offspring, Gondwana Choirs, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australia Piano Quartet, Ella Hooper, Sydney Children’s Choir, Moorambilla Voices, and Acacia String Quartet. Alice graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Australian born soprano of Indian heritage, Deepka Ratra is a passionate vocalist, actress and entrepreneur. Deepka takes an immense amount of joy in ensemble and concert work. She recently performed for a touring ABBA show, The Seven Sopranos, Justene William’s A Sonorous Body for the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, and for the Hans Zimmer Live Concert at Qudos Bank Arena; a particular highlight of her career.
Katarina Grobler is a young Australian pianist, who specialises in performing works by Australian, contemporary, and less well known composers. She is a multi-instrumentalist, and has experience performing in classical, jazz, contemporary and pop music styles. She is a passionate teacher with a full studio of young piano students and regularly accompanies instrumental students for AMEB exams. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium, having studied under Dr Paul Rickard-Ford and Bernadette Harvey, and is currently studying privately with Gintaras Januševičius (Hanover, Germany).
From the moment she'd begun defacing her parent's snowy white apartment walls as a 2 year old, Sandra Brand hasn't stopped creating. From digital paintings to scribbly sketches of her surroundings, she is constantly in awe of the power of art and wishes to share her passion with the world. Currently studying at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sandra was recently awarded the Brett Whiteley Scholarship, and has placed in the YIM Youth Arts and Writing Competition two years running. But by far her greatest achievement has been capturing the smiles and lost memories of everyday people around her.
Guest speaker: Vivian Stavis
Vivian Stavis is the manager at The Lillian Howell Project (Lillian’s). Lillian’s is a refuge, situated in the Inner West, providing medium to long-term, 24 hour supported housing for up to 11 young women and girls from the age of 13 to 17 years. Lillian's aim is to provide these young women, who are survivors of child sexual abuse, neglect, homelessness or family violence, with an inclusive, stable and safe environment.
Vivian has worked in Community Services for over 15 years, with experience working with Domestic Violence and Adult women survivors of child sexual abuse. She has a passion in working with and empowering women and children since the start of her career and is proud of her achievements, especially at Lillian’s, where she has been the manager for 7 years, and believes this is the best job she has ever had!
In 2015, Lillian’s was awarded the Edna Ryan Award for community activism and feminist activity within the community. In 2019, Vivian won Westfields Local Hero and Lillian’s was awarded $10,000 to provide workshops and social outings for the girls and in 2020 Lillian’s and Good Shepherd were awarded “Best Partnership award” for the collaboration to provide onsite counselling for the girls by Youth Action, youth worker awards.