Following the critically acclaimed, sold-out international season of Jurrungu Ngan-ga, Marrugeku presents Burrbgaja Yalirra 2, a new, powerful triple bill curated by Co-Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain. Tracing histories of migration, relocation, cultural adaption and survival Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 draws on the power of ancestral presence to remember the future.

“Australia’s most exciting dance company” The Saturday Paper

Runtime: 80 minutes

Fri 21 Apr – (Sold Out)

Opening Night

Sat 22 Apr

Sun 23 Apr

Wed 26 Apr

Thu 27 Apr

Fri 28 Apr

Sat 29 Apr

General Admission: $50 + fee
Concession: $40 + fee

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Burrbgaja Yalirra 2
Artistic Direction: Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain
Musical Director and Co-composer: Corin Ileto
Set Design: Nicolas Molé
Costume Design: Matthew Stegh
Lighting Design: Matt Cox

No New Gods
Concept, Co-choreographer, Performer: Bhenji Ra
Co-Choreographer: Melanie Lane
Dramaturg: Rachael Swain
Media Artist: Sohan Ariel Hayes

Concept, Co-choreographers, Performers: Czack (Ses) Bero and Stanley Nalo
Director and Co-choreographer: Ghenoa Gela
Associate Choreographer and Dramaturg: Miranda Wheen
Additional music: Stanley Nalo
Cultural advisor Kanaky: Pierre Boerereou

Concept, Co-choreographer and Performer: Emmanuel James Brown
Co-choreographer: Dalisa Pigram
Dramaturg: Rachael Swain
Media Artist: Sohan Arial Hayes
Associate Choreographer: Zunnur Zhafirah
Cultural advisors for Nyuju’s story: Mr May, Nancy Brown, Tina Brown and Mangkaja Arts

Production Manager: Aiden Brennan
Audio technician and Associate Sound Designer: Raine Paul
Company Manager: Denise Wilson
Producer: Natalie Smith

With family permission, this performance contains the voices of people who have passed away. This performance also contains strobe light and haze.

Presented by Marrugeku at Carriageworks.

Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 is commissioned by Carriageworks, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa.

Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 is currently in development with support from the Australian Government through the Regional Arts Fund and the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.

Bhenji Ra, Ses Bero, Stan Nalo and Emmanuel James Brown in Burrbgaja Yalirra 2. Images by Carlita Sari

Bhenji Ra bathed in blue light leaning back as part of Burrbgaja Yalirra 2
No New Gods 
Bhenji Ra

Filipinx performance artist Bhenji Ra’s mesmerising solo is set in the moments before, during and after a lunar eclipse. Ra takes power, dominance and resistance as starting points to channel colonial histories, epic narratives, and flora and fauna of the Philippine archipelago.
Stanley Nalo & Czack (Ses) Bero performing in their work as part of Marrugeku's Burrbgaja Yalirra 2
Ses Bero & Stan Nalo

Bloodlines channels the maritime histories of the Melanesian diaspora in a breathtaking duo by Broome based Aboriginal (Kunjen) and Torres Strait Islander (Erub/Meriam) dancer Ses Bero and Nouméa based Kanak/Ni Vanuatuan/Papua New Guinean dancer Stan Nalo.
Emmanuel James Brown against a black background performing in Burrbgaja Yalirra 2
Emmanuel James Brown

Fitzroy Crossing based Bunuba/ Gooniyandi/ Walmajarri/ Wangkatjunka dancer and actor Emmanuel James Brown reflects on the extraordinary life of his great grandmother, senior Wangkatjungka artist Nyuju Stumpy Brown, who was amongst the last nomads to walk out of the great Sandy Desert.