Meet the Collaborators #1: Julian & Nino Raphael
50 MONTHS AGO
It's only natural that the Raphaels (father and son) have become regular collaborators with Barbarian Productions, given our shared love of people coming together to share a meaningful experience.
Julian is the Director of Community Music Junction, an amazing enterprise that brings music and song to groups of all ages and abilities, connecting huge numbers of people every year with the spirit and joy that come from creating music together.
Julian collaborated with Barbarian Productions last year on Sing It To My Face, an intergenerational theatre project where four generations sang chorally arranged expressions of their hopes and fears to one another in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
“Music and theatre are happy companions and it has been really fulfilling to work alongside the team at Barbarian, making new work and discovering fresh approaches to participation in the arts. Sing it to my Face was powerful and poignant, and connected performers and audiences at a deep level of understanding and involvement. I am anticipating that Grand Opening will have a similar impact in the way that it fuses the roles of performer and audience and gently turns things around.”
Julian’s son Nino first worked with us all the way back in 2011 when he performed in the first ever season of Yo Future, Barbarian’s collaboration with the Long Cloud Youth Theatre. Nino went on to be instrumental in helping new groups of youth to connect with the project in subsequent seasons in Carterton and Hamilton.
One of Community Music Junction’s offshoot groups, the Male Vocale male voice choir, performed in our December 2014 premiere of White Elephant to absolutely astounding audience reaction. We are absolutely thrilled that they will again be joining us for the Grand Opening, again led and joined by Nino Raphael.
“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Barbarian Productions again, and to be given the chance to work in the Wellington Opera House for the Grand Opening. Knowing full well Barbarian’s passion for community theatre I feel honoured to bringing from my end a class of singers who would not think of themselves as performers but will discover the great pleasure of musical performance for this event”