Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung, Dr Lou Bennett is a former member of the internationally acclaimed music trio Tiddas. Bennett is a consummate performer, playing audiences worldwide.
Bennett is a prolific songwriter/composer and during her ten years with Tiddas (1990-2000) penned some of the group’s signature songs. Bennett’s work stretches over a vast area within the Arts industry throughout the past twenty-nine years including her various roles as Performer, Songwriter, Musical and Artistic Director, Composer, Actor, Soundscape and Music Designer and Educator. In 2006 Bennett was one of the co-founders of the Black Arm Band and contributing to all productions by the company. Bennett (Artistic director/Co-CEO) was an instrumental force in the company’s transformative journey from being a one-off ‘special project’, becoming an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governed, not for profit major performing arts company. In Bennett’s time at the company (2006-2014) she was involved in the touring of five major productions both nationally and internationally. Bennett was a major contributor to the establishment of the company’s Community Engagement Workshop Program. Bennett completed her PhD by project at RMIT Melbourne in October 2015. Bennett’s dissertation discusses the importance and relevance of Aboriginal language retrieval, reclamation and regeneration through the medium of the Arts to community health and wellbeing and explores the importance of Indigenous epistemology, methodology and pedagogy in artistic and academic contexts. Bennett uses her own languages of Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung, extending to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages that can be retrieved, reclaimed and regenerated through songs, stories and performances. Bennett continues to research the obstacles and ethical issues related to retrieving and transmitting Aboriginal languages cross-culturally and across different generations as the McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr Bennett was inducted onto the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for 2017.
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Sovereign Language Repatriation: Dja Dja Wurrung Language Pedagogy Through Song Compositio..
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Diplomacies of Practice: Workshop-on-Country and Symposium and Sharing of Indigenous Cultural Practice
Sally Treloyn, Tiriki Onus, Reuben Brown, Jodie Seiuli, Megan McPherson, Lou Bennett, James Howard, Nicole Paul, Mick Harding, David Manmurulu, Jenny Manmurulu, Rupert Manmurulu, Jamie Milpurr, Patrick Churnside, Folau Umbagai, John Divilli, Pete O'Connor, Rona Charles, Lloyd Nulgit, Donna Blackall
Curated Exhibition, Event or Festival | 2018
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Victorian Womens Honor Roll
RMIT Prize for Research Excellence - HDR (DESIGN)