Berlin-based Irish artist Wallis Bird has released a video for ‘The Ocean’ from an album she is still working on for 2019.
Bird describes ‘The Ocean’ as a love letter to the LGBTQ+ community.
“We made ‘The Ocean’ as a gift to our younger selves who struggled with our sexuality,” Wallis says. “Growing up in Ireland, we never saw lesbian love stories depicted on MTV and therefore never had access to powerful narratives that celebrated or represented the love stories that we could really relate to. We would love for this film to reach our LGBTQ+ family in the 72 countries where being gay is still illegal so we can try to shine a light on the darkness by giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ voiceless. In doing so, we’re showing that, while we’re divided by social, religious or cultural barriers, we’re all bound by our aspirations towards true love.”
The video was directed by Sydney-based Dublin born filmmaker, Sinéad McDevitt, it stars choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Yukino McHugh, alongside Sydney Dance Company trained artist Olivia Kingston.
Wallis Bird Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates
8-11 March 2019 – Port Fairy Folk Festival VIC
Wed 13 March – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe SA
Thur 14 March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
15-17 March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba NSW
Wed 20 March – The Old Museum, Brisbane QLD
Thur 21 March – The Factory Floor, Sydney NSW
Fri 22 March – Tuning Fork, Auckland NZ
Sat 23 March – San Fran, Wellington, NZ
Sun 24 March – Blue Smoke, Christchurch NZ