Gudirr Gudirr

About the production

Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from broken past to fragile present, and on to a future still in the making.

Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.

The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change? Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous wellbeing. Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.

Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from broken past to fragile present, and on to a future still in the making.

Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.

The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change? Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous wellbeing. Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.

  • Venues and Dates

    World Premiere

    Gudirr Gudirr was first presented at Arts House in Melbourne as part of Dance Massive
    12–16 March 2013

    2016

    The Arts Centre,
    Broome Senior High School
    8-9 April 2016

    Fitzroy Valley District High School
    Fitzroy Crossing
    14-15 April 2016

    Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre
    21-22 April 2016

    Fishtrap Theatre,
    Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
    27-29 April 2016

    2015

    Co-presented with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
    Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
    7–9 July 2015

    World Stage
    Harbourfront Centre
    Toronto, Canada
    6-9 May 2015

    2014

    Regional Arts Summit: Arts and Edges
    Kalgoorlie, WA
    17 October 2014

    Waan Dance Festival
    Sisia Theatre
    Noumea, New Caledonia
    4-6 September 2014

    Darwin Festival
    Brown’s Mart Theatre
    22–24 August 2014

    Julidans
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    5-6 July 2014

    Tramway
    Glasgow, UK
    2-3 July 2014

    Grand Theatre De Luxembourg
    Luxembourg,
    25 June 2014

    World Theatre Festival
    Brisbane Powerhouse
    20–22 February 2014

    Teatro Central
    Seville, Spain
    15-16 February 2014

    Teatro Alhambra
    Granada, Spain
    13 February 2014

    Magdalenazaal (MaZ)
    Bruges, Belgium
    5 February 2014

    Sydney Festival
    Carriageworks
    Sydney, Australia
    16–19 January 2014

    2013

    Origins Festival
    The Place
    London UK
    30-31 October 2013

    Theater Pfalzbau
    Ludwigshafen, Germany
    23 October 2013

    Shinju Matsuri Festival
    Pigram Garden Theatre
    Broome Australia
    16-19 September 2013

    Arts House
    Dance Massive
    Melbourne
    12–16 March 2013

     

    World Premiere

    Gudirr Gudirr was first presented at Arts House in Melbourne as part of Dance Massive
    12–16 March 2013

    2016

    The Arts Centre,
    Broome Senior High School
    8-9 April 2016

    Fitzroy Valley District High School
    Fitzroy Crossing
    14-15 April 2016

    Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre
    21-22 April 2016

    Fishtrap Theatre,
    Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
    27-29 April 2016

    2015

    Co-presented with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
    Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
    7–9 July 2015

    World Stage
    Harbourfront Centre
    Toronto, Canada
    6-9 May 2015

    2014

    Regional Arts Summit: Arts and Edges
    Kalgoorlie, WA
    17 October 2014

    Waan Dance Festival
    Sisia Theatre
    Noumea, New Caledonia
    4-6 September 2014

    Darwin Festival
    Brown’s Mart Theatre
    22–24 August 2014

    Julidans
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    5-6 July 2014

    Tramway
    Glasgow, UK
    2-3 July 2014

    Grand Theatre De Luxembourg
    Luxembourg,
    25 June 2014

    World Theatre Festival
    Brisbane Powerhouse
    20–22 February 2014

    Teatro Central
    Seville, Spain
    15-16 February 2014

    Teatro Alhambra
    Granada, Spain
    13 February 2014

    Magdalenazaal (MaZ)
    Bruges, Belgium
    5 February 2014

    Sydney Festival
    Carriageworks
    Sydney, Australia
    16–19 January 2014

    2013

    Origins Festival
    The Place
    London UK
    30-31 October 2013

    Theater Pfalzbau
    Ludwigshafen, Germany
    23 October 2013

    Shinju Matsuri Festival
    Pigram Garden Theatre
    Broome Australia
    16-19 September 2013

    Arts House
    Dance Massive
    Melbourne
    12–16 March 2013

     

  • Creative Team

    Concept, performer & co-choreographer
    Dalisa Pigram
    Director & co-choreographer
    Koen Augustijnen
    Set designer & video artist
    Vernon Ah Kee
    Costume Designer
    Stephen Curtis
    Composer & sound designer
    Sam Serruys
    Singer & songwriter
    Stephen Pigram
    Lighting designer
    Matthew Marshall
    Concept & cultural adviser
    Patrick Dodson
    Dramaturg & creative producer
    Rachael Swain
    Video production
    Sam James
    Rigging designer
    Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven

     

    Concept, performer & co-choreographer
    Dalisa Pigram
    Director & co-choreographer
    Koen Augustijnen
    Set designer & video artist
    Vernon Ah Kee
    Costume Designer
    Stephen Curtis
    Composer & sound designer
    Sam Serruys
    Singer & songwriter
    Stephen Pigram
    Lighting designer
    Matthew Marshall
    Concept & cultural adviser
    Patrick Dodson
    Dramaturg & creative producer
    Rachael Swain
    Video production
    Sam James
    Rigging designer
    Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven

     

  • Reviews

    The Age Melbourne

    Jordan Beth Vincent
    20130301

    The work created by Broome-based company Marrugeku is noteworthy, not only because it presents the unique artistic voice of performer Dalisa Pigram, but because it is an excellent piece of dance theatre. Pigram explores the different facets of her Asian-indigenous heritage, highlighting the way her ancestry has shaped her sense of self, while still demanding
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    Sydney Morning Herald

    Jill Sykes
    20140121

    Dalisa Pigram is a powerful solo performer with a great deal to communicate through words and images as well as movement. Brought up in Broome with ancestors from diverse cultures, she reflects on the town’s multicultural character and problems in a piece that is mostly sombre and often angry. Gudirr Gudirr begins with onscreen quotes
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    Realtime Arts

    Virginia Baxter
    20130401

    When Dalisa Pigram takes a well-earned bow at the end of gudirr gudirr, inviting a line of collaborators to join her, we are suddenly aware of her diminutive stature. For a solo, this is one BIG performance. Accompanied by video projected onto a corrugated iron wall upstage and a long fishing net suspended from the
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    The Australian

    Deborah Jones
    20140119

    Dalisa Pigram is an enchanting dancer and a passionate advocate for life in Australia’s northwest. In Gudirr Gudirr she weaves a memorable solo from themes relating to the area’s indigenous history, polyglot population, environmental beauties and present-day challenges. There are plenty of the latter. The sound of a coastal bird from Pigram’s home country, the
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    The Guardian

    Van Badham
    20140119

    Conceived, performed and co-choreographed by Marrugeku’s Co-Artistic Director, Dalisa Pigram, Gudirr Gudirr is an extraordinary work from an artist at the peak of her craft and intellectual confidence. Pigram’s solo dance work is an articulate and thoroughly interrogated exploration of her politicised identity as an Aboriginal Australian of diverse cultural heritage. Working with Belgian choreographer
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    The Globe and Mail

    Martha Schabas
    20150508

    The multicultural cemeteries of the town of Broome, Western Australia, are filled with dead pearl divers. Many of the buried are indigenous people who were forced into the work as slaves in the late 19th century and the migrant workers who replaced them once slavery was abolished. In the early 20th century, Broome was exempt
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  • Supporters

     

I can’t overstate the impact and importance of this piece.

Martha Schaba, The Globe and Mail