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Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk]

29 - 31 Aug

Dance as resistance: Marrugeku tears down walls.

By Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, with Patrick Dodson and collaborators

Challenging, joyful and deeply affecting, Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk] is a dance, sound, and installation work that confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration. Exceptionally talented dancers draw on cultural and community experience to move deftly between horror, truth-telling, and bodily resistance.

At the forefront of cultural expressive integrity, Marrugeku is an unparalleled presence in Australia today. Dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together, they develop new dance languages that are restless, transformative and unwavering.

Designed by leading Western Australian visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, co-created with Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson, Kurdish-Iranian writer and former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani, and Iranian-Australian scholar-activist Omid Tofighian, this is an exquisite work of great sophistication that throbs with sadness, anger and joy.

Brutally beautiful, it will arrest your attention, dare you to look away, and dream of the day we will know solidarity in difference.


  • ...burns with ferocious, life-affirming passion. - The Australian
  • In radical and powerful spaces like Jurrungu Ngan-ga there is another way to imagine the world - Omid Tofighian
  • A radically provocative piece of dance theatre where audiences learn in emotive detail about systems of power and control. T - The Conversation
  • It is harrowing, horrifying at times and darkly amusing at others, and finally very moving. - Limelight Magazine
  • An astonishing work in many ways. We need the politicians to see this. - Sydney Morning Herald
  • A potent, superbly executed work that pulsates with sadness and rage, resilience and joy. - Arts Hub

Cast and Creatives

Concept Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain with Patrick Dodson
Choreography Dalisa Pigram with the performers
Direction Rachael Swain
Performance Dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst
Cultural Dramaturgy Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian
Music Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier and Rhyan Clapham (aka DOBBY)
Lyrics Beni Bjar
Sound Design Sam Serruys and Paul Charlier
Scenic Design Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Costume Design Andrew Treloar
Lighting Design Damien Cooper
Additional Choreography Krump Army: Stacy Peke aka Red Ladybrui5er
Production Manager & Lighting Operator Aiden Brennan
Audio Technician Raine Paul
Company Manager Denise Wilson
Producer and Tour Manager Natalie Smith
Co-Devising Performers Czack (Ses) Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke CurrieRichardson, Issa el Assaad, Macon Escobal Riley, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen and Miranda Wheen.

Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk] was commissioned by Carriageworks, International Summer
Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg with Körber-Stiftung and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

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