Burrbgaja Yalirra/Dancing Forwards

About the production

Burrbgaja Yalirra(Dancing Forwards) is a triple bill of solo works curated by Marrugeku’s artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain as part of a program to support leading change makers in intercultural contemporary dance. Each production explores different facets of the complexities of reciprocity which challenge our understanding of our history and our relationship to the land in Australia.

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 media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Cannibal Story, Boorna Waanginy). Ngarlimbah is the essence of reciprocity between human, spirit and environmental realms. Ngarlimbah tells the stories of two dingoes, the calm Yungngora and the dark dog Jirrilbil whose final resting place is a billabong near Noonkanbah, Central Kimberley where waterlilies grow. Yungngora and Jirrilbil visit Edwin in his dreams to speak back to contemporary concerns in his community.

Miranda
Miranda Wheen performs a solo dance work choreographed with and directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium). Miri takes as a starting point the final, initially unpublished, chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the fate of her fictional namesake ‘Miranda’ who seemingly disappeared in the Australian landscape.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 explores the stumbling, often awkward and painful position of settler Australians grappling with understanding Indigenous Australian experience and perceptions of land, while negotiating their own troubled belonging to it. It’s in this space of instability and fragility that Miranda attempts to find her dance, proposing a similar experience of a white Australia struggling for a moral, intellectual and spiritual position with which to deal with it’s history.

Dancing with Strangers
Dancer and violinist Eric Avery collaborates with Koen Augustijnen (Belgium – co-choreographer of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr) to create Dancing with Strangers. Eric belongs to the Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwaan and Gumbangirri peoples and is a custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. Dancing with Strangers explores the first colonial contact period, including early and missed opportunities for exchange in language, dance and sharing knowledge. Eric takes inspiration from the story of his great-great-grandfather, Jack Biamanga (Yuin) who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). He imagines where we might be now if there had been music and dance made between the two cultures and explores the dislocation of his people resulting from the lack of such negotiated contact.

Burrbgaja Yalirra(Dancing Forwards) is a triple bill of solo works curated by Marrugeku’s artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain as part of a program to support leading change makers in intercultural contemporary dance. Each production explores different facets of the complexities of reciprocity which challenge our understanding of our history and our relationship to the land in Australia.

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 media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Cannibal Story, Boorna Waanginy). Ngarlimbah is the essence of reciprocity between human, spirit and environmental realms. Ngarlimbah tells the stories of two dingoes, the calm Yungngora and the dark dog Jirrilbil whose final resting place is a billabong near Noonkanbah, Central Kimberley where waterlilies grow. Yungngora and Jirrilbil visit Edwin in his dreams to speak back to contemporary concerns in his community.

Miranda
Miranda Wheen performs a solo dance work choreographed with and directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium). Miri takes 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 explores the stumbling, often awkward and painful position of settler Australians grappling with understanding Indigenous Australian experience and perceptions of land, while negotiating their own troubled belonging to it. It’s in this space of instability and fragility that Miranda attempts to find her dance, proposing a similar experience of a white Australia struggling for a moral, intellectual and spiritual position with which to deal with it’s history.

Dancing with Strangers
Dancer and violinist Eric Avery collaborates with Koen Augustijnen (Belgium – co-choreographer of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr) to create Dancing with Strangers. Eric belongs to the Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwaan and Gumbangirri peoples and is a custodian of songs and dances from his father’s line. Dancing with Strangers explores the first colonial contact period, including early and missed opportunities for exchange in language, dance and sharing knowledge. Eric takes inspiration from the story of his great-great-grandfather, Jack Biamanga (Yuin) who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). He imagines where we might be now if there had been music and dance made between the two cultures and explores the dislocation of his people resulting from the lack of such negotiated contact.

  • 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

    BURRRBGAJA YALIRRA – THREE SHORT WORKS
    Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreographic and Dramaturgical support:
    Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Composer and Sound Designer: Sam Serruys
    Set and Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis
    Lighting Designer: Matthew Cox

    NGARLIMBAH
    Concept, text, performance and paintings in animation:
    Edwin Lee Mulligan
    Vision Direction and Animation: Sohan Ariel Hayes
    Co-direction and choreography: Dalisa Pigram
    Co-direction and dramaturgy: Rachael Swain
    Co-composers: Dazastah and Sam Serruys

    DANCING WITH STRANGERS
    Concept, co-choreography, performance, text and live music:
    Eric Avery
    Co-choreographer and Director: Koen Augustijnen
    Composer: Sam Serruys
    Co-composer: Eric Avery

    MIRANDA
    Concept, co-choreography and performance:
    Miranda Wheen
    Director and Co-choreographer: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Composer: Sam Serruys

     

    BURRRBGAJA YALIRRA – THREE SHORT WORKS
    Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreographic and Dramaturgical support:
    Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
    Composer and Sound Designer: Sam Serruys
    Set and Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis
    Lighting Designer: Matthew Cox

    NGARLIMBAH
    Concept, text, performance and paintings in animation:
    Edwin Lee Mulligan
    Vision Direction and Animation: Sohan Ariel Hayes
    Co-direction and choreography: Dalisa Pigram
    Co-direction and dramaturgy: Rachael Swain
    Co-composers: Dazastah and Sam Serruys

    DANCING WITH STRANGERS
    Concept, co-choreography, performance, text and live music:
    Eric Avery
    Co-choreographer and Director: Koen Augustijnen
    Composer: Sam Serruys
    Co-composer: Eric Avery

    MIRANDA
    Concept, co-choreography and performance:
    Miranda Wheen
    Director and Co-choreographer: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
    Composer: Sam Serruys

     

  • Reviews

    The Australian

    Rita Clarke
    13 Jun 2018

    Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forward) is a triple bill produced by Broome-based dance company Marrugeku, which is committed to culturally informed contemporary dance. It opens with a production performed by the multitalented Edwin Mulligan, Ngarlimbah, which stands for a lifeguiding Aboriginal principle. Mulligan stands before a large video backdrop featuring an animation of his own superb
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    Limelight

    Jonathan W. Marshall
    12 Jun 2018

    Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) is a group of three solo performance works from cross-cultural theatre company Marrugeku. The program consists of Ngarlimbah by Edwin Lee Mulligan and Sohan Aerial Hayes, Miranda by Miranda Wheen, and concludes with Eric Avery’s Dancing with Strangers. All explore relationships with land and country in the wake of white settlement.
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    See Saw Magazine

    Nina Levy ·
    10 Jun 2018

    How can we look to the past to change the future? That’s a question that Marrugeku’s triple bill, “Burrbgaja Yalirra” (Dancing Forwards) seems to be asking. All three of the short, solo dance theatre works programmed refer to stories of the past; stories of contact between humans and spirits, between Aboriginal people and invaders. As
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  • Gallery
  • Supporters

    Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) was commissioned by Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Carriageworks (Sydney)

    Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council; the Government of Western Australian through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Create NSW; the Regional Arts Fund, an Australian Government initiative, administered by Country Arts WA; the Australian Government through the Indigenous Language and Arts Program and Marrugeku’s private donor/supporter program.

     

Ingeniously devised with expressive movement and compelling drama.

The Australian