Burrbgaja Yalirra — Triple Bill 2

About the production

Burrbgaja Yalirra is Marrugeku’s multiyear program of intensive dance research laboratories and new short works curated by Marrugeku’s co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain to build capacity in the next generation of leading change makers in community and culturally informed contemporary dance. Burrbgaja Yalirra began in 2017 for NSW and WA independent dance artists.

This second trilogy traces histories of migration, relocation, cultural adaption and survival and draws on the power of ancestral presence to remember the future. Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 has a focus on fostering new choreographic approaches by combining traditional and contemporary dance frameworks in new collaborations between artists from specific northern Australian communities and those of maritime nations of South East Asia and Melanesia.

The artists invited to conceive a new work for the 2022–2023 program are: Bunuba/Walmajarri/Gooniyandi dancer and actor Emmanuel James Brown (EJB) who will co-choreograph the work with Dalisa Pigram and Malay dancer Zunnur Zhafirah (Zee) (associate choreographer); Filipinx performance artist Bhenji Ra who will co-choreograph her work with Balinese-Australian choreographer Melanie Lane; and
Trans-Melanesian duo by Broome-based Torres Strait Islander dancer Ses Bero with Kanak/Ni Vanuatuan/Papua New Guinean dancer Stan Nalo.

Burrbgaja Yalirra is Marrugeku’s multiyear program of intensive dance research laboratories and new short works curated by Marrugeku’s co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain to build capacity in the next generation of leading change makers in community and culturally informed contemporary dance. Burrbgaja Yalirra began in 2017 for NSW and WA independent dance artists.

This second trilogy traces histories of migration, relocation, cultural adaption and survival and draws on the power of ancestral presence to remember the future. Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 has a focus on fostering new choreographic approaches by combining traditional and contemporary dance frameworks in new collaborations between artists from specific northern Australian communities and those of maritime nations of South East Asia and Melanesia.

The artists invited to conceive a new work for the 2022–2023 program are: Bunuba/Walmajarri/Gooniyandi dancer and actor Emmanuel James Brown (EJB) who will co-choreograph the work with Dalisa Pigram and Malay dancer Zunnur Zhafirah (Zee) (associate choreographer); Filipinx performance artist Bhenji Ra who will co-choreograph her work with Balinese-Australian choreographer Melanie Lane; and
Trans-Melanesian duo by Broome-based Torres Strait Islander dancer Ses Bero with Kanak/Ni Vanuatuan/Papua New Guinean dancer Stan Nalo.