Arms of Love | The Cell Block Theatre

156 Forbes St Darlinghurst

Friday, August 26 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Arms of Love

Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri

Chris Williams: I pray the sea

developed with Karul Projects

Fri 26 August  2022 7pm
The Cell Block Theatre, National Art School, Darlinghurst  


Amy Moore Principal Artist – Soprano

Chloe Lankshear Principal Artist – Soprano

Stephanie Dillon Principal Artist – Mezzo-soprano

Robert Macfarlane Guest Artist – Tenor & Director

Thomas Flint Principal Artist – Bass

Hylton Mowday Guest Artist – Saxophones

Jenny Eriksson Guest Artist – Electric Viola da gamba

Thomas E.S. Kelly Karul Projects – Choreographer 

Antony Pitts Artistic Director – Rhodes & Conductor

Buxtehude’s monumental meditation on suffering and the human body reimagined with contemporary Indigenous choreography from Karul Projects, and a major new Australian work from Chris Williams, setting words by Behrouz Boochani.

The Song Company is proud to be reuniting with choreographer-dancer Thomas E.S. Kelly – from contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects – in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude and I pray the sea by Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. Williams’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.  The Song Company’s Artists, Amy Moore, Chloe Lankshear, Stephanie Dillon, Thomas Flint, and Robert Macfarlane are joined by a continuo made up of soprano saxophonist Hylton Mowday, Jenny Eriksson on electric viola da gamba, and Artistic Director Antony Pitts on a classic Rhodes keyboard.