We’re excited to celebrate 25 years of Marrugeku with the release of our book Marrugeku: Telling That Story—25 years of Trans-Indigenous and Intercultural Performance. In development for the last two years, the publication traces our inception in the small Kunwinjku community of Kunbarlanja in West Arnhem Land to our current homes on Yawuru Country, Broome, and Gadigal Land, Sydney.
Bringing the different strands of Marrugeku’s practice into dialogue for the first time, Telling That Story explores a quarter of a century of productions from large-scale outdoor explorations of Kunwinjku spirit worlds to trans-disciplinary expressions of global ecological collapse and intimate dance solos on the theme of decolonization.
The voices of June Oscar, Patrick Dodson, Djon Mundine, Vicki van Hout, Alison Croggan, Omid Tofighian and more are shared through essays and interviews presented alongside script excerpts and documentation to provide a rich representation of Marrugeku’s incredible legacy and unfolding future.
“Marrugeku’s grand vision has been expansive, yet inclusive; ambitious, yet achieved with modesty. At the heart of the company’s success has been a commitment to culture and community, and to working closely with Elders, while grappling at times with complex and controversial topics.… This book is a fine and fitting record of all that history.”
— Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson
Marrugeku: Telling That Story will be launched online:
Wednesday 29 September
6pm (AWST); 8pm (AEST); 11am (GMT); 12noon (CET)
Join us to hear from editors Helen Gilbert, Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain in conversation with Latai Taumoepeau as well as excerpts shared by contributors. Our magnificent commemorative publication celebrating the unique artistic and cultural journey will be launched by Marrugeku’s Patron Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson.