Australia’s premiere intercultural dance theatre company, Marrugeku is partnering with Centre Culturel Tjibaou, New Caledonia to present the fourth Intercultural Indigenous Choreographic Laboratory (IICL4) in Nouméa from the 20–30 September 2016. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance artists based in Western Australia and New South Wales and dancers from New Caledonia and Papua/Indonesia will meet at the extraordinary Renzo Piano designed Centre Culturel Tjibaou to explore new cultural and artistic pathways in the creation of contemporary Indigenous dance. For Marrugeku trans-Indigenous and intercultural exchange and international dialogue are all critical strategies to develop new approaches to contemporary dance. The IICL series (Sydney 2009, Broome 2010 and Auckland 2011) has seen two guest choreographers in each lab share their knowledge and culturally informed creative practices with some of the Asia Pacific regions most talented independent artists creating dance in Indigenous contexts.
The guest choreographers for IICL4 2016 laboratory are Papuan Indonesian choreographer Jecko Siompo and Serge Aimé Coulibaly from Burkina Faso/Belgium. For Serge Aimé Coulibaly dance is a commitment. His many collaborations, in particular with Alain Platel and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, offered him a space to confront and acknowledge his identity. Never losing a sensuality that is rooted in his country, Burkina Faso, he questions the realities that are here and now and deals with themes that resonate across all continents. Since the creation of his company, Faso Dance Theatre in 2002 who perform throughout Africa and Europe, Serge Aimé built an original path, for humanity, diversity, tolerance. Serge Aimé is a long term collaborator with Marrugeku and was a guest choreographer for ICL1 in Sydney.
Jakarta-based dancer-choreographer Jecko Siompo, is a leading figure in Indonesia’s contemporary dance. Born in Jayapura and growing up in various areas in Papua: the hinterland Wamena, the coastal Fak-fak (his hometown), and the provincial capital Jayapura, the rich local dance traditions of his tribal culture is the strongest influence and the main fuel of Siompo’s unique multicultural dance vocabulary. Jecko has worked in international dance events in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Australia, the United States of America, France and Taiwan. He trained at the Arts Institute Jakarta. He has also studied hip hop in the US and attended the Tanz Studio in Germany. Together with his deep roots in Papuan dance culture, Siompo brings his firm connection with Jakarta’s hip-hop subculture into his choreography. Jecko was a guest choreographer in Marrugeku’s ICL2 in Broome in 2010.
IICL4 has been made possible with the support of The Australia Council for the Arts, The Department of Culture and The Arts, Western Australia, Country Arts WA and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Dalisa Pigram, Rachael Swain
Jecko Siompo and Serge Aimé Coulibaly
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