Five transformative years for Marrugeku captured by Rachael Swain

Our Co-Artistic Director Rachael Swain launched her first monograph Dance in Contested Land – New Intercultural Dramaturgies this December. The insightful publication charts a period of intense choreographic and dramaturgical development for Marrugeku from 2012 to 2016, closely examining our projects Gudirr Gudirr (2013) and Cut The Sky (2015). 

Dance in Contested Land reveals how emergent intercultural dramaturgies can mediate dance and land to revision and reorientate kinetics, emotion, and responsibilities through sites of Indigenous resurgence and experimentation. Tracing Marrugeku’s work across the unceded lands of the Yawuru, Bunuba and Nyikina people, Dance in Contested Land contextualises Indigenous-intercultural practice within debates on Indigenous recognition and challenges of reconciliation. 

Published by Palgrave Macmillian in the New World Choreographies series, you can purchase digital or hardcopies online here.

Dalisa Pigram and Miranda Wheen, ‘Cut The Sky’. Photograph courtesy Rob Maccoll.