“As an emerging artist of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, I belong to the Australian theatre communities as well as the Melbourne-based Indonesian communities.
FCAC has been a key supporter of my development as an independent artist, who wants to tell my experiences as a Chinese-Indonesian woman living between Indonesia and Australia.
In 2013, I began the creation of a performance work, Chinese Whispers, as part of FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program, with my mentor, Chi Vu. Chinese Whispers tells my story of coming to Australia following racial riots in Indonesia.
Since completing the ECL program, FCAC have supported me to successfully apply for the Arts Victoria and Faculty of VCAMCM Graduate Mentorship scholarship to support the creative development and premiere of Chinese Whispers. Chinese Whispers won the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival’s Best Live Art and Kultour’s Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Award.
Many Indonesian community members told me directly how necessary Chinese Whispers was in educating younger generations of Chinese-Indonesians and also in helping the healing process of our community members who went through these violent events.
FCAC was crucial to the creation of a challenging, retrospective and meditative work on a period of history that was extremely significant to Indonesian communities of Melbourne and had strong resonances for Australian communities of other cultural backgrounds.”
Rani Pramesti is a Melbourne actor and performance maker who is passionate about producing and making work that spearheads the way in cross-racial casting and cross-cultural performance making in Australia. Her work engages vigorously with perceived identities, understandings of race and ethnic stereotypes.
Rani’s most recent project, Chinese Whispers, was an installation-based performance investigating the query: “How does racial violence happen?”. Chinese Whispers premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014 and won Best Live Art and Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice Awards.
In 2015, Rani has been working as an Associate Producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre, through theArts Victoria and Faculty of VCAMCM Professional Pathways Scholarship. Rani is also a 2013-2015 Connect Ambassador with Melbourne Theatre Company and Multicultural Arts Victoria.