Burrbgaja Yalirra: New Short Works

About the production

Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is a three-year program aimed at supporting the next generation of ‘change makers’ in contemporary intercultural and trans-disciplinary dance theatre. Through the program Marrugeku’s co-directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain will provide choreographic and dramaturgical support to a series of laboratories and new short works.

A triple bill will premiere in 2018 including dance solos for Eric Avery choreographed with Koen Augustijnen (Belgium) and Miranda Wheen, choreographed with Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) as well as a multimedia/poetry work for WA poet and painter Edwin Mulligan in collaboration with video artist Sohan Aerial Hayes.

Outline of the three short works:

Dancing with Strangers
Dancer and violinist Eric Avery will collaborate with Koen Augustijnen, (co-choreographer of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr) to create Dancing with Strangers. Eric belongs to the Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan and Gumbangirri peoples and is a custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. He proposes to explore the first colonial contact period, including early (and missed) opportunities for exchange in language, custom and knowledge, starting  with  his Great-Great-Grandfather Jack Biamanga (Yuin) who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). Eric speculates: “Imagine if there was music and dance made between the two cultures.”

Miranda (working title)
Miranda Wheen will perform a solo dance work choreographed with Serge Aimé Coulibaly. Miri will take as a starting point the final, initially unpublished, chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the fate of her fictional namesake ‘Miranda’ who seemingly disappeared in the Australian landscape. Miri wishes to explore the stumbling, often awkward position of settler Australians grappling with understanding Indigenous Australian experience and perceptions of land, while negotiating their own troubled belonging to it.

Ngarlimbah
Ngarlimbah
(You are as much a part of me as I am of you) is a spoken word and animated video work conceived by Walmajarri/Nyikina painter and poet, Edwin Lee Mulligan, in collaboration with award-winning new media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Cannibal Story, Boorna Waanginy). Ngarlimbah is the essence of reciprocity, expressing the interconnected nature of human, spirit and environmental realms. Sohan will develop video content, giving life to Edwin’s words and paintings through Aboriginal perspectives.

Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is a three-year program aimed at supporting the next generation of ‘change makers’ in contemporary intercultural and trans-disciplinary dance theatre. Through the program Marrugeku’s co-directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain will provide choreographic and dramaturgical support to a series of laboratories and new short works.

A triple bill will premiere in 2018 including dance solos for Eric Avery choreographed with Koen Augustijnen (Belgium) and Miranda Wheen, choreographed with Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) as well as a multimedia/poetry work for WA poet and painter Edwin Mulligan in collaboration with video artist Sohan Aerial Hayes.

Outline of the three short works:

Dancing with Strangers
Dancer and violinist Eric Avery will collaborate with Koen Augustijnen, (co-choreographer of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr) to create Dancing with Strangers. Eric belongs to the Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan and Gumbangirri peoples and is a custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. He proposes to explore the first colonial contact period, including early (and missed) opportunities for exchange in language, custom and knowledge, starting  with  his Great-Great-Grandfather Jack Biamanga (Yuin) who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). Eric speculates: “Imagine if there was music and dance made between the two cultures.”

Miranda (working title)
Miranda Wheen will perform a solo dance work choreographed with Serge Aimé Coulibaly. Miri will take as a starting point the final, initially unpublished, chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the fate of her fictional namesake ‘Miranda’ who seemingly disappeared in the Australian landscape. Miri wishes to explore the stumbling, often awkward position of settler Australians grappling with understanding Indigenous Australian experience and perceptions of land, while negotiating their own troubled belonging to it.

Ngarlimbah
Ngarlimbah
(You are as much a part of me as I am of you) is a spoken word and animated video work conceived by Walmajarri/Nyikina painter and poet, Edwin Lee Mulligan, in collaboration with award-winning new media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Cannibal Story, Boorna Waanginy). Ngarlimbah is the essence of reciprocity, expressing the interconnected nature of human, spirit and environmental realms. Sohan will develop video content, giving life to Edwin’s words and paintings through Aboriginal perspectives.

  • Venues and Dates

    2018

    Civic Centre
    Broome
    31st May-2nd June 2018

    Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts ( PICA)
    Perth
    7-16 June 2018

     

    2018

    Civic Centre
    Broome
    31st May-2nd June 2018

    Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts ( PICA)
    Perth
    7-16 June 2018

     

  • Creative Team

    BURRBGAJA YALIRRA—NEW SHORT WORKS 
    Artistic direction, choreographic, dramaturgical and cultural support Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Set & Costume Designer Stephen Curtis
    Composers Sam Serruys, Dazastah and Eric Avery
    Sound Designer Sam Serruys

    NGARLIMBAH
    Concept, paintings, poems and performer Edwin Mulligan
    Co-directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Vision Direction and Animation Sohan Ariel Hayes
    Composer Dazastah
    Sound Designer Sam Serruys

    DANCING WITH STRANGERS
    Concept, co-choreographer, dancer and musician Eric Avery
    Director and co-choreographer Koen Augustijnen
    Composers Eric Avery and Sam Serruys

    MIRANDA
    Concept, co-choreographer and dancer Miranda Wheen
    Director and co-choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Composer Sam Serruys

    BURRBGAJA YALIRRA—NEW SHORT WORKS 
    Artistic direction, choreographic, dramaturgical and cultural support Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Set & Costume Designer Stephen Curtis
    Composers Sam Serruys, Dazastah and Eric Avery
    Sound Designer Sam Serruys

    NGARLIMBAH
    Concept, paintings, poems and performer Edwin Mulligan
    Co-directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Vision Direction and Animation Sohan Ariel Hayes
    Composer Dazastah
    Sound Designer Sam Serruys

    DANCING WITH STRANGERS
    Concept, co-choreographer, dancer and musician Eric Avery
    Director and co-choreographer Koen Augustijnen
    Composers Eric Avery and Sam Serruys

    MIRANDA
    Concept, co-choreographer and dancer Miranda Wheen
    Director and co-choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Composer Sam Serruys

  • Gallery
  • Supporters

    Burrbgaja Yalirra—Three Short Works has been commissioned by Carriageworks and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

    Burrbgaja Yalirra—Three Short Works is funded by Australia Council for the Arts. WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Create NSW, Country Arts WA, the Australian Government through the Indigenous Language and Arts Program, and Marrugeku’s private donor/supporter program.