Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is a triple bill of solo live artworks pushing the boundaries of contemporary performance practice, curated by Dalisa Pigram and Rachel Swain of Marrugeku. Running at Carriageworks from May 30 to June 1,the works will blend animation, poetry, painting, dance and music into Indigenous narratives exploring the schisms in contemporary Australia.
Ngarlimbah (meaning “you are as much a part of me as I am of you”) is a spoken word and animated piece by Walmajarri/Nyikina painter and poet Edwin Lee Mulligan, in collaboration with award-winning media artist Sohan Ariel Haynes. Dingos, rivers and billabongs of the Central Kimberley region convey the interconnected nature of life in this allegorical tale.
Miranda is a solo dance work performed by Miranda Wheen, choreographed and directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly. The scene depicts a final, unpublished chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock, in which Wheen’s fictional namesake disappears into the Australian landscape. Miranda uses movement and dance to explore white Australia’s troubled colonialist history.
Dancing With Strangers examines the missed opportunities to share dance, culture, art and knowledge in colonial Australia. Dancer and violinist Eric Avery, a Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwaan and Gumbangirri man, is the custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. Taking inspiration from his ancestor Jack Biamanga, who saw the First Fleet sail into Botany Bay, Avery imagines what might have come from artistic collaboration between the two cultures at that formative time.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Carriageworks.