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The Primordial Mermaid

a site-specific mythopoetic storytelling

Once upon a time, deep in the Primordial Ocean an enchanting mermaid was born. Ever since she has been traveling the waters of life, gathering ancient stories of creation. Now she’s waiting on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin to remind us how to awaken the seeds of wisdom that lie within us and beneath us. Come and commune with this majestic creature of the deep. Bring a cushion and enjoy some mulled wine.


Commonwealth Place
Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes , ACT 2600


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Artist Bio
Miriam Pickard is a performance artist and storyteller in mythopoetic and site-specific theatre events. She graduated Charles Sturt University with a BA in Theatre/Media and received a business Arts Scholarship to complete full-time theatre training in France with Master Clown teacher Philippe Gaulier. Miriam’s performance work includes comedy, site-specific theatre and cross cultural intergenerational projects. Since 2010 she has collaborated and documented a Warlpiri Women’s dance camp in Central Australia where senior women teach songs, dances and stories to their granddaughters. At the heart of Miriam’s arts practice is a desire to generate and inspire cultural empathy, health and wellbeing of Australian diversity and identity. Maintaining and re-imagining the wisdom, vitality and relatability of ancient myth in contemporary Australia is an important part of this. The Clown archetype where joy and suffering sit close together is a feature of her performance style inviting comedy and the ridiculous along with depth of feeling and humanity. Miriam continues to work between Canberra and Central Desert Australia. Miriam performs in festivals, conferences and community events nationally and internationally.