Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA presents a Marrugeku Production
DANCE AS RESISTANCE
Set within ‘the prison of the Australian mind’, Marrugeku’s Jurrungu Ngan-ga twists and turns its way through Indigenous and refugee stories, cutting into the raw nerve of government sanctioned brutality in prisons and detention centres.
After a successful world tour, it’s time for Perth audiences to be swept away by Jurrungu Ngan-ga’s visual feast for the senses with hypnotic storytelling that gives victims a face, and interrogates our capacity to lock away and isolate that which we fear.
This provocative new dance theatre work designed by leading Western Australian visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah fuses complex choreography, searing dialogue and a blood-pumping musical soundscape. Co-created with Yawuru leader, Patrick Dodson, former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani, and Iranian-Australian scholar-activist Omid Tofighian, this is an exquisite work of great sophistication that throbs with sadness, anger and joy.
Brutally beautiful, Jurrungu Ngan-ga arrests your attention, dares you to look away, and dreams of the day we will know solidarity in difference.
“For all the sadness and anger at its heart, ‘Jurrungu Ngan-ga’ burns with ferocious, life-affirming passion” - The Australian.
Co-Devising Performers Czack (Ses) Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Macon Escobal Riley, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen & Miranda Wheen
Choreographer Dalisa Pigram
Director Rachael Swain
Performance Dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst
Cultural Dramaturgy Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson & Omid Tofighian
Music & Sound Designer Sam Serruys & Paul Charlier
Music Rhyan Clapham
Lyrics Beni ‘Bjah’ Hasler
Scenic Designer Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Costume Designer Andrew Treloar
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk] was commissioned by Carriageworks, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg with Körber-Stiftung and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Marrugeku is funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council its arts funding and advisory body, the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries, Create NSW, the Australian Government through the Indigenous Language and Arts Program, the Nelson Meers Foundation, and International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg (in the frame of “Exile Today –Production Residencies for Artists” by Kampnagel and Körber-Stiftung).
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