Le Dernier Appel

About the production

Le Dernier Appel (The Last Call) is a new trans-Indigenous dance theatre work directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly for Marrugeku.

Le Dernier Appel explores recuperation in aftermaths of colonisation, seeking what to embrace of the new and what to let fall. While governments debate, peoples born of invasion, migration and displacement, wait for the new day. From divergent histories we meet in states of instability, frustration and radical reinvention.

Colonisation has shaped us. To undo the past is impossible. Decolonisation is both necessary and a false goal. As older ways of life deteriorate, situations become increasingly urgent yet progress is painfully slow. Le Dernier Appel asks how these concerns can disturb and regenerate dance in the Asia Pacific region, embracing reconfigurations of power and the transmission of old and new knowledges.

Le Dernier Appel is an intercultural and trans-Indigenous production, with dancers of First Nations, immigrant and settler descent from Australia and New Caledonia. It is directed and co-choreographed by Marrugeku’s associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) and co-choreographed with Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram with dramaturgy by Rachael Swain. Le Dernier Appel is designed by New Caledonian installation artist Nicolas Molé, and music is by Ngaiire, Nick Wales and Bree Van Reyk.

Le Dernier Appel has grown out of a long standing partnership between Centre Cultural Tjibaou in Nouméa, New Caledonia and Marrugeku. Together they will celebrate 20 years of engagement with a specially commissioned work inspired by debates arising form the 2018 New Caledonian referendum on independence from France and Recognition and Treaty in Australia.

Timeline

Premiere Seasons
Carriageworks, Sydney 15–18 August 2018
Centre Culturel Tjibaou 6–8 September 2018

Touring Europe December 2018
Touring Australia March 2019

Le Dernier Appel is co-commissioned by Centre Culturel Tjibaou (New Caledonia), Carriageworks (Australia), Théâtre National de Chaillot (France), Le Théâtre Manège (France) and Arts House, through the City of Melbourne (Australia).

Le Dernier Appel (The Last Call) is a new trans-Indigenous dance theatre work directed by Serge Aimé Coulibaly for Marrugeku.

Le Dernier Appel explores recuperation in aftermaths of colonisation, seeking what to embrace of the new and what to let fall. While governments debate, peoples born of invasion, migration and displacement, wait for the new day. From divergent histories we meet in states of instability, frustration and radical reinvention.

Colonisation has shaped us. To undo the past is impossible. Decolonisation is both necessary and a false goal. As older ways of life deteriorate, situations become increasingly urgent yet progress is painfully slow. Le Dernier Appel asks how these concerns can disturb and regenerate dance in the Asia Pacific region, embracing reconfigurations of power and the transmission of old and new knowledges.

Le Dernier Appel is an intercultural and trans-Indigenous production, with dancers of First Nations, immigrant and settler descent from Australia and New Caledonia. It is directed and co-choreographed by Marrugeku’s associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Burkina Faso/Belgium) and co-choreographed with Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram with dramaturgy by Rachael Swain. Le Dernier Appel is designed by New Caledonian installation artist Nicolas Molé, and music is by Ngaiire, Nick Wales and Bree Van Reyk.

Le Dernier Appel has grown out of a long standing partnership between Centre Cultural Tjibaou in Nouméa, New Caledonia and Marrugeku. Together they will celebrate 20 years of engagement with a specially commissioned work inspired by debates arising form the 2018 New Caledonian referendum on independence from France and Recognition and Treaty in Australia.

Timeline

Premiere Seasons
Carriageworks, Sydney 15–18 August 2018
Centre Culturel Tjibaou 6–8 September 2018

Touring Europe December 2018
Touring Australia March 2019

Le Dernier Appel is co-commissioned by Centre Culturel Tjibaou (New Caledonia), Carriageworks (Australia), Théâtre National de Chaillot (France), Le Théâtre Manège (France) and Arts House, through the City of Melbourne (Australia).

  • Venues and Dates

    2018

    Carriageworks | Sydney
    15-18 August

    Centre Culturel Tjibaou | Nouméa | New Caledonia
    6-8 September

    Le Manège | Maubeuge | France
    11 December

    Concertgebouw | Brugge | Belgium
    14 December

    L’Espal | Scène Nationale | Le Mans | France
    18 December

    2018

    Carriageworks | Sydney
    15-18 August

    Centre Culturel Tjibaou | Nouméa | New Caledonia
    6-8 September

    Le Manège | Maubeuge | France
    11 December

    Concertgebouw | Brugge | Belgium
    14 December

    L’Espal | Scène Nationale | Le Mans | France
    18 December

  • Creative Team

    Director Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Co-choreographers Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Dramaturg Rachael Swain

    Set Designer Nicolas Molé

    Lighting Designer Matt Marshall

    Costume Designer Mirabelle Wouters

    Music Ngaiire, Nick Wales, and Bree van Reyk

    Cast & Co-creators Amrita Hepi, Stanley Nalo, Krylin Nguyen, Yoan Ouchot, Dalisa Pigram, Miranda Wheen

    Director Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Co-choreographers Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly

    Dramaturg Rachael Swain

    Set Designer Nicolas Molé

    Lighting Designer Matt Marshall

    Costume Designer Mirabelle Wouters

    Music Ngaiire, Nick Wales, and Bree van Reyk

    Cast & Co-creators Amrita Hepi, Stanley Nalo, Krylin Nguyen, Yoan Ouchot, Dalisa Pigram, Miranda Wheen

  • Reviews

    The Australian

    Deborah Jones
    17 Aug 2018

    In Marrugeku’s new work the dernier appel, the last cry, is doubly resonant. It is not only the real and present grief of someone who has no tears left after a lifetime of living under someone else’s soul-crushing rules. It’s also a metaphor for the death throes of the old colonial, mostly white order. Marrugeku’s
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    Australian Book Review

    Lee Christofis
    17 Aug 2018

    Repetitive cycles of alienation, frustration, sorrow, and humiliation in the face of political injustice over decades find powerful expression in Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry), the latest interrogation by Marrugeku Dance Theatre of the deleterious effects of colonisation on the indigenous peoples of Australia and her neighbours. Commissioned by Carriageworks (Sydney), the Centre Culturel
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    Neighbourhood

    Mark Mordue
    17 Aug 2018

    From the voice of Aretha Franklin to the torsions of Japanese butoh there is an intuition the body somehow inherits and carries history: be it the slavery and racism that ‘Aretha’ alchemized into songs of exaltation, liberty and solace; or the grotesque, eerie and primordial energy that analysts of butoh see as a form of
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  • Supporters

    Le Dernier Appel is co-commissioned by Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa (New Caledonia), Carriageworks (Sydney, Australia), and Arts House (Melbourne, Australia).

    Le Dernier Appel is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, the WA Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Create NSW and The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It is not only the real and present grief of someone who has no tears left after a lifetime of living under someone else’s soul-crushing rules. It’s also a metaphor for the death throes of the old colonial, mostly white order.

The Australian