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SLOW RIVEN WHIRL features text created from the perspective of a father wishing to understand the challenges his young daughters will face as they grow into adulthood. Text rotates around the contemplation of remarkable women felled by misguided communities. Performed by BOLT's septet formation, featuring legendary Australian poet berni.m.jansen as orator of text, and written by )-(u||!c|< for his daughters.



70 min OR 35 min


Previous Performances

Festival of Slow Music, Minerva Room, Ballarat, presented in partnership with JOLT Arts

29 August 2015


The Book of Daughters, presented by JOLT Arts, Meat Market Melbourne

12 November 2016





Listen to an excerpt of SLOW RIVEN WHIRL on sound cloud here.





“The piece followed a trajectory in which the ensemble broke free of its hushed beginnings, mirroring second-wave feminist anger in the time of Plath, Silkwood and Parkes, an anger that had been bubbling under society’s surface since Sappho.” Realtime Magazine 2016.


“Slow Riven Whirl …weav(es) around a piece of text written by James Hullick for his two young daughters, Astrid and Scarlet. This work contemplated four remarkable women asphyxiated by their communities – Rosa Parks, Karen Silkwood, Sylvia Plath and Sappho, and epitomised the overriding conceptual framework of and impetus for the entire Book of Daughters project, which was "to transform a dialogue about daughters into an inclusive expression of sonic art in the 21st century."” Limelight Magazine, 2016.









BOLT Ensemble

Flute, Belinda Woods

Clarinets, Karen Heath

Percussion, Leah Scholes

Harp, Mary Doumany

Violin, Andrea Keeble

Viola, Phoebe Green

Cello, Caerwen Martin

Double Bass, Miranda Hill





Lighting Design

Bronwyn Pringle


Sound Engineer

Michael Hewes



Tim McNeilage


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