Sage: Discourse Around Humanity

Sage: Discourse Around Humanity is a series of five-minute musings from distinguished guests, sharing deeply personal thoughts around emotions and experiences highlighted during 2020.

Sage aims to remind us of the commonalities that we all share, be it through intimacy, touch, death, connection or solitude. Sage will show you that in these trying times, there is much to be celebrated and that we are all in this together.

Thursday 27 August 2020

Connection – Rosie Ricketson
Rosie Ricketson is a mother, doula, artist and community producer who lives in rural NSW. Rosie talks about connection as the golden thread that joins us all, and how we might thrive by paying closer attention and remembering the pathways that got us here.

Thursday 3 September 2020

Intimacy – Martin Fisk
Martin Fisk is the Chief Executive of Menslink, a vital source of support for young men in the Canberra region. Martin shares a personal story about how he learned to connect with his father in the lead up to his death.

Thursday 10 September 2020

Death – Vickie Hingston-Jones
Vickie Hingston-Jones was formerly a birth doula and now focuses on natural death education, guidance, support and family-led funerals in the Canberra region. This talk looks at the process of dying naturally at a healthy old age.

Thursday 17 September 2020

Touch – Ruth O’Brien
Ruth is a passionate, creative Canberra local. A singer and songwriter, Ruth knows first hand the struggles many creatives and artists go through to get their work seen and heard. In this talk, Ruth shares her personal experience of touch growing up.

Thursday 24 September 2020

Touch – Jo Caffery
Jo has extensive experience working with remote Indigenous peoples, particularly women, across many regions of Australia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. Here, Jo speaks to her experience of touch with her family through recent periods of isolation and compares it with the experience of her friends in PNG.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Connection – Michael Simic
“Rock ’n’ roll is my folk music,” declares multi-talented band leader Mikelangelo. “It’s what I grew up listening to and what I played in my first bands.” In this talk, Michael muses on his deep connection to music and other forms of connectedness that drive our lives.

Thursday 8 October 2020

Isolation – Charley Sanders
Charley is a co-director of Canberra-based performance company House of Sand and Artists’ Manager at Sydney Fringe. Their talk, entitled ‘Moving Through Isolation,’ offers a unique perspective on how we relate to time and space whilst in isolation.