Burrbgaja Yalirra- Three Short Works

SHOW STATUS: Ready to Tour


Email Address: gm@marrugeku.com.au

Company Website: http://marrugeku.com.au

Producer Name: Robina Burton

Synopsis ( max 1500): Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is a triple bill of solo works curated by Marrugeku’s artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain as part of a program to support leading change makers in intercultural contemporary dance. Each production explores different facets of reciprocity which challenge our sense of belonging in Australia. 

Ngarlimbah (You are as much a part of me as I am of you) is a spoken word and animated
video work conceived by Walmajarri/Nyikina painter and poet, Edwin Lee Mulligan, in
collaboration with award-winning media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Cannibal Story, Boorna Waanginy). Ngarlimbah is the essence of reciprocity between human, spirit and environmental realms. Ngarlimbah tells the stories of two dingoes, the calm Yungngora and the dark dog Jirrilbil whose final resting place is a billabong near Noonkanbah, Central
Kimberley where waterlilies grow. Yungngora and Jirrilbil visit Edwin in his dreams to speak
back to contemporary concerns in his community.
Concept, text, paintings and performance: Edwin Lee Mulligan
Vision direction and animation: Sohan Ariel Hayes
Direction: Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
Music: Dazastah

Dancing with Strangers
Dancer and violinist Eric Avery collaborates with Koen Augustijnen (Belgium) cochoreographer of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr, to create Dancing with Strangers.
Eric belongs to the Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan and Gumbangirri peoples and is a custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. Dancing with Strangers explores
the first colonial contact period, including early and missed opportunities for exchange
in language, dance and sharing knowledge. Eric takes inspiration from the story of his
great-great-grandfather, Jack Biamanga (Yuin) who saw the First Fleet sail past his
mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). He imagines where we might be now if there
had been music and dance made between the two cultures and explores the dislocation
of his people resulting from the lack of such negotiated contact.
Concept, co-choreographer, dancer and musician: Eric Avery
Director and co-choreographer: Koen Augustijnen
Composers: Eric Avery and Sam Serruys

Miranda Wheen will perform a solo dance work choreographed with Serge Aimé Coulibaly
(Burkina Faso/Belgium) co-choreographer of Burning Daylight and Cut the Sky. Miri takes as
a starting point the final, initially unpublished, chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the
fate of her fictional namesake ‘Miranda’ who seemingly disappeared in the Australian
landscape. Miri explores the stumbling, often awkward and painful position of settler
Australians grappling with understanding Indigenous Australian experience and
perceptions of land, while negotiating their own troubled belonging to it. It’s in this
space of instability and fragility that Miranda attempts to find her dance, proposing
a similar experience of a white Australia struggling for a moral, intellectual and spiritual
position with which to deal with it’s history.
Concept, co-choreography and performance: Miranda Wheen
Director and Co-choreographer: Serge Aimé Couliblay

Review Quotes (max 3 quotes): These are seriously gifted performers of admirable intensity and commitment
Arts Hub

Against the backdrop of catastrophe, Mulligan’s voice resonates with resilience, thriving on hope and pain. Cut the Sky thus tries to restore the contact between man and nature, or at least to re-consider it, showing at the same time the loss is irrevocable.
De Standaard, Brussels

It leads to an astonishing finale that evokes both catastrophe and plenty
ABC Arts