on_iceALICE IN ANTARCTICA is a multi-media performance commemorating the   Centenary of the First Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.

Performed by Alice Giles: Electro-Acoustic ‘Camac Blue’ and ‘Thom’ Lever Harps, Spoken and Sung Voice, with spoken interludes taken from the unpublished Note Book & Diary of Cecil Thomas Madigan (1889-1947), AAE Meteorologist.

Featuring visual and audio material gathered by Alice Giles on her 2011 trip as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow to Davis and Mawson Stations on the Aurora Australis.

Experience an evening with one of Australia’s most respected musicians, in a personal journey through music and film to honor her grandfather Dr C.T. Madigan. Alice is offering her show on tour throughout Australia in 2012 – 2014 as part of the Centenary celebrations. It can be paired with schools presentations for children of all ages, incorporating film clips and Q&A sessions about the personal  diaries of a her grandfather, and the experience of playing the harp in the Antarctic.

Works include sentimental favorites mentioned by Madigan in his diaries and new works by Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Martin Wesley-Smith, Nigel Westlake, Jim Cotter and Joshua McHugh, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven together with words and song into a seamless, full-length program. The show is adaptable for any size venue.

Book an ‘Alice in Antarctica’ concert: Harp Centre Australia

Book Alice for your Corporate or Conference function, keynote address, other event; this can be tailored to your needs, and include a talk about her Antarctic trip with audio-visual material, with or without live performance.

Also visit Alice’s blog about her journey: https://aliceinantarctica.wordpress.com/

Brochure: Alice in Antarctica E flyer

Alice in Antarctica Program information

Recent Press:

“THERE’S an element of risk-taking at the Musica Viva Festival.

…The festival’s third concert was an entirely different experience. …

Alice in Antarctica proved to be a compelling mix of live and recorded music, spoken extracts from Madigan’s diary, photos and video footage. The narrative arc was episodic rather than linear, providing a poignant insight into Madigan’s complex reactions to his Antarctic experience.

Giles’s clever combination of traditional and contemporary music and stunning imagery conveyed both the extraordinary bravery of Mawson’s expedition and the sense of haunting mystery Antarctica embodies. Stimulating, moving and inspiring, this was an impressive creation.”


The Australian, 8th April 2013