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Margie Mackay is a Melbourne-based artist and researcher engaged in ritual-art practices in communities both nationally and internationally. Known for utilising fire, projection, dance, and puppetry, Margie's work over the past 25+ years has been diverse and interdisciplinary with productions ranging from intimate indoor shows, to exuberant street theatre productions, street art installations and epic scale community ceremonies in many Arts Festivals and Community Gatherings. Margie directs and collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams of artists, community groups and the general public to generate large scale, site-specific contemporary ceremonies. Within her work, Margie is interested in creating dialogues with the viewer (encouraging an evolving sense of becoming participant), the performer, and the space in which the event takes place. Much of this work takes place in outdoor and non-conventional theatre settings, utilising the aesthetic and artistic possibilities of varied and often challenging sites.

Alongside her considerable experience in delivering innovative and memorable large-scale artistic community projects, Margie frequently coordinates production and technical logistics for these events in many regional and remote festivals. Highlights include: Directing Mountain to Mouth 2016, Geelong Connected Communities Gathering of the City Ceremony, site set-up, production and operations for Garma Festival NT 2010, 13 years production/ stage managing and co-artistic directing large scale annual ‘fire events’ at Woodford Folk Festival QLD 1992 - 2003, several Opening Ceremonies for Melbourne International Arts Festival including 2008 Longing, Beloning, Land, and producing, directing, and production managing the artistic components of televised Contemporary Ceremonies: ‘Dreamtime at the G’ 2010 – 2013 (inclusive).
Her work has taken her around the globe, with residencies and performance works in Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Scotland, the USA and Colombia.

Margie's research arenas include: ritual studies, post-humanist philosophy, post-colonial discourses, and contemporary animism. Margie is currently completing a PhD on Composing Contemporary Ceremony, and lectures in the Masters program with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at The Victorian College of the Arts, whilst continuing with her freelance artistic practice. Margie, performs a mentorship role for young and emerging artists, and has an ongoing commitment to reconciliation, the recognition of Indigenous cultures, and championing human rights in her works.


WORKS

Dreamtime at the G Quiet Emergency Gathering of the City Ceremony Design: Performance and Installations Quiet Emergency Illuminated By Fire Walking with Spirits Song of Ourselves N.C.P.

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