Հովհաննես becomes Jovhannes becomes John becomes Jack…there are ghosts on the goldfields and they will be named.

Naming Rites is a new work in progress where John Kachoyan digs deep into his Armenian Australian and performance roots.
His work explores the hidden whispers and forgotten sounds of Armenian immigrants on the Goldfields where he currently lives, in an attempt to reconstitute their existence through performance. With music, voice and performance he seeks to re-name and resurrect lost fragments and gestures in a struggle for a fuller remembering.

Saturday 4th of May: 2pm & 6pm

Sunday 5th of May: 4pm
Ballarat Trades Hall at Union Square, 24 Camp Street, Ballarat Central

Each performance is approximately 30 minutes followed by a conversation with John. Refreshments provided.

Work in progress performances are free but audience size is limited. Booking is essential.

Performances are on the Trades Hall ground floor which is universally accessible.

Naming Rites is created and produced through Punctum’s regionally based Seedpod residency program with the generous support of Creative City Ballarat and Ballarat Trades Hall.

Naming Rites’ creation and presentation is taking place on the lands of the Djaara and Wadawurrung people. We pay our deep respects to Elders past and present and their living culture.

Residency Partners

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John Kachoyan
Sandra Minchin-Delohery
In partnership with Australian Art Orchestra