Stemming from age old Javanese poetry, this heartfelt musical piece creates the backdrop to a Persian contemporary animation. The slow days of lockdown allowed us to reflect on our respective childhoods, reflections usually drowned out by the fast pace of the modern day.
This work tells a story of how our cultures and sense of belonging has given us strength to continue our art during the pandemic. We are thankful to the Duniya Behter program to allow us the chance to collaborate on this project, and to have given us time to reflect and create something truly meaningful.
Dancing with your Childhood by Aryo Hall and Shirin Shakhesi is presented as a part of Duniya Behter.
Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.
Animator and Illustrator
Shirin is an Iranian-Australian animator and illustrator. She works across a variety of media including digital painting and video animation. Her body of work conveys themes of collective memories and visually encapsulates a vast range of cultural influence, Persian literature, issues in modern cultures, and philosophical allusions. She reaches her visual goals by combining different art forms and seeking new means of expression through those established mediums. She recently graduated from a bachelor of fine art in animation.
Composer, Trombone Player and Band Manager
Aryo is an Indonesian-Australian composer, trombone player, and band manager currently based in Castlemaine. He specialises in Jazz, Latin, Balkan Gypsy, and Gamelan music and has performed extensively around Australia and internationally. Born in Yogyakarta, he began playing music from a very young age, press-ganged by his parents who are well known Gamelan teachers. He studied classical euphonium and jazz trombone and was drawn to the thriving tradition of Gypsy Brass. His ambition is to lead a gamelan-fusion project that would embrace the traditional music of central Java and the processes of contemporary improvisation.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.