‘Borderlands’ manifestly defined the mood of current times

Classikon reviewed by Jane Downer | May 10, 2022

For Julia Fredersdorff (Van Diemen’s Band’s Artistic Director) living in Tasmania, the initial idea for Borderlands arose from the shutting down of Australian state borders, which led to thoughts of isolated lands and country extremities. Then, with the military attack on Ukraine – the name literally means ‘borderland’ – the programme swiftly gained deeper significance and frightening contemporary relevance. Now shared experiences, we listen, better understand and empathise with notions of isolation, separation, loss, hunger, anxiety, bewilderment, fear, disease, brutality, death, longing, hope and healing, as they are so emotionally expressed by composers of the past.