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Burrbgaja Yalirra / Dancing Forwards

4 - 6 Nov

A triple bill of solo works that explore relationship with land and country.

Curated by Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
Conceived and created by Eric Avery, Edwin Lee Mulligan and Miranda Wheen

Burrbgaja Yalirra / Dancing Forwards is a triple bill of solo works from Marrugeku, the unparalleled performance company dedicated to breaking down the walls between urban and remote, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and between the local and the global. In this production, relationships with land and country are explored, with each stunning and beautiful work challenging our sense of belonging in Australia.

In Ngalimpa (you are as much a part of me as I am of you), Edwin Lee Mulligan tells the story of two dingos using a combination of spoken word performance and animation.

Miranda takes Picnic at Hanging Rock as its starting point, exploring the stumbling position of settler Australians as they negotiate their relationship with land, country and Indigenous history.

In Dancing With Strangers, Eric Avery takes inspiration from the story of his great-great-grandfather, who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country, and imagines an alternative history, where two cultures exchange dance, music and language.

Dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages, Marrugeku is at the global forefront of dance. Don’t miss this rare chance to experience this bold trifecta of works here in Wollongong.

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  • Bold and thought-provoking, sensitive and good to watch... An important production. - Sydney Morning Herald

Cast & Creative

Burrbgaja Yalirra
Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreographic and Dramaturgical support Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
Composer and Sound Designer Sam Serruys
Set and Costume Designer Stephen Curtis
Lighting Designer Matthew Cox
Concept, text, performance and paintings in animation Edwin Lee Mulligan
Vision Direction and Animation Sohan Ariel Hayes
Co-direction and choreography Dalisa Pigram
Co-direction and dramaturgy Rachael Swain
Co-composers Dazastah and Sam Serruys
Dancing with Strangers
Concept, co-choreography, performance and live music Eric Avery
Co-choreographer and Director Koen Augustijnen
Composer Sam Serruys
Co-composer Eric Avery
Concept, co-choreography and performance Miranda Wheen
Director and Co-choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Composer Sam Serruys
Photos by Jon Green

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Commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

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