Le Dernier Appel

About the production

Le Dernier Appel (The Last Call) is a new multi-lingual trans-Indigenous dance theatre work directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly for Marrugeku.

Le Dernier Appel has grown out of a long standing partnership between Centre Cultural Tjibaou in Nouméa, New Caledonia and Marrugeku. Together they will celebrate 20 years of engagement with a specially commissioned work for the important year of 2018 in New Caledonia.

At this special moment in Pacific history that we all share, as New Caledonia moves in 2018 towards a choice on independence from France, Le Dernier Appel explores cultural, political and personal decolonisation now and ongoing in both Australia and New Caledonia.  The work will also question notions of a “colonised” modernity derived from Europe and North America which is not necessarily our modernity in a shared Pacific world. In that sense, the dance forms we practice and their change and growth in an Indigenous context offers a new dimension to the idea of what to retain or discard of tradition and what to embrace and acquire of the new. The title Le Dernier Appel might then suggest the final appeal to set things right or first the signal of a world to come.

Le Dernier Appel is an intercultural and trans-Indigenous production, cast with First Nations and immigrant dancers from across Australia and New Caledonia. It is directed by Marrugeku’s associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) who brings his own experience creating contemporary dance drawing on the beauty and strength of local traditions and cultural politics within a former French colony. Le Dernier Appel is co-choreographed by Serge Aimé with Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram who brings her wealth of experience of trans-Indigenous exchange to the choreographic process. Dramaturgy for the production is by Rachael Swain who specialises in intercultural dance dramaturgy in First Nations contexts.

Timeline

The 2017 creative development will take place on Lifou, in the Loyalty Islands home of Wetr, New Caledonia’s lead traditional dance troupe and in Nouméa hosted by Centre Cultural Tijbaou. Final rehearsals will take place at Carriageworks in Sydney with the final presentation in August 2018 at both Carriageworks and the Waan Danse Festival.

Le Dernier Appel is commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney and Centre Cultural Tjibaou

Le Dernier Appel (The Last Call) is a new multi-lingual trans-Indigenous dance theatre work directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly for Marrugeku.

Le Dernier Appel has grown out of a long standing partnership between Centre Cultural Tjibaou in Nouméa, New Caledonia and Marrugeku. Together they will celebrate 20 years of engagement with a specially commissioned work for the important year of 2018 in New Caledonia.

At this special moment in Pacific history that we all share, as New Caledonia moves in 2018 towards a choice on independence from France, Le Dernier Appel explores cultural, political and personal decolonisation now and ongoing in both Australia and New Caledonia.  The work will also question notions of a “colonised” modernity derived from Europe and North America which is not necessarily our modernity in a shared Pacific world. In that sense, the dance forms we practice and their change and growth in an Indigenous context offers a new dimension to the idea of what to retain or discard of tradition and what to embrace and acquire of the new. The title Le Dernier Appel might then suggest the final appeal to set things right or first the signal of a world to come.

Le Dernier Appel is an intercultural and trans-Indigenous production, cast with First Nations and immigrant dancers from across Australia and New Caledonia. It is directed by Marrugeku’s associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) who brings his own experience creating contemporary dance drawing on the beauty and strength of local traditions and cultural politics within a former French colony. Le Dernier Appel is co-choreographed by Serge Aimé with Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram who brings her wealth of experience of trans-Indigenous exchange to the choreographic process. Dramaturgy for the production is by Rachael Swain who specialises in intercultural dance dramaturgy in First Nations contexts.

Timeline

The 2017 creative development will take place on Lifou, in the Loyalty Islands home of Wetr, New Caledonia’s lead traditional dance troupe and in Nouméa hosted by Centre Cultural Tijbaou. Final rehearsals will take place at Carriageworks in Sydney with the final presentation in August 2018 at both Carriageworks and the Waan Danse Festival.

Le Dernier Appel is commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney and Centre Cultural Tjibaou

  • Creative Team

    Director Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Co-choreographers Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Dramaturg Rachael Swain

    Music Ngaiire

    Cast & Co-creators: Simane Wenethem, Krylin Nguyen Drengen Hnamano, Ghenoa Gela, Miranda Wheen and Amrita Hepi.

    Director Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Co-choreographers Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Dramaturg Rachael Swain

    Music Ngaiire

    Cast & Co-creators: Simane Wenethem, Krylin Nguyen Drengen Hnamano, Ghenoa Gela, Miranda Wheen and Amrita Hepi.

  • Supporters

    Le Dernier Appel is co-commissioned by Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa (New Caledonia) and Carriageworks (Australia)

    Le Dernier Appel is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts