Burrbgaja Yalirra / Dancing Forwards is a triple bill of solo works curated by Marrugeku’s Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain. Exploring relationships with land and country through intercultural contemporary dance, each work challenges our sense of belonging in Australia. Watch Video

‘An intriguing amalgamation of exotic music, cultural storytelling and superb dance.’ The Australian

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the production may contain images and voices of deceased persons. This performance contains strong language and adult themes. Please note there is a full lock out for this performance.

Images: Miranda Wheen; Edwin Lee Mulligan; Eric Avery – Burrbgaja Yalirra, Jon Green, 2018

Thu 30 May, 8pm SOLD OUT
Fri 31 May, 8pm
Sat 1 Jun, 8pm

Concept, text, performance and paintings in animation: Edwin Lee Mulligan
Vision Direction and Animation: Sohan Ariel Hayes
Co-direction and choreography: Dalisa Pigram
Co-direction and dramaturgy: Rachael Swain

Concept, co-choreography and performance: Miranda Wheen
Director and Co-choreographer: Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Dancing with Strangers
Concept, co-choreography, performance, text and live music: Eric Avery
Co-choreographer and Director: Koen Augustijnen

Burrbgaja Yalirra – Three Short Works
Concept, Artistic Direction, Choreographic and Dramaturgical support: Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
Composer and Sound Designer: Sam Serruys
Set and Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis
Lighting Designer: Matthew Cox

Tickets $35 + fee

A transaction fee of $4.40 applies to all bookings.

Presented by Carriageworks and Marrugeku.

Commissioned by Carriageworks and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Ngarlimbah (You are as much a part of me as I am of you)  Edwin Lee Mulligan tells the story of two dingos in a spoken word performance and animated video work. The dark dog Jirrilbil and the calm Yungngora visit Edwin in his dreams to confront contemporary concerns within his Central Kimberley community. ‘When the sun rises out of the lilies behind him, placing his people in the sky, the work itself blossoms.’ Limelight Magazine
Miranda  Taking Picnic at Hanging Rock as her starting point, Miranda Wheen explores the destabilising position of settler Australians and their relationship with land, country and Indigenous history. ‘Just as Miranda is lost, so too is modern Australia, unable to confront its dubious past and unsure how to proceed.’ The Australian
Dancing With Strangers  Eric Avery takes inspiration from the story of his great-great-grandfather, who saw the First Fleet sail past his mother’s country (Monaroo region of NSW). He imagines an alternative history where two cultures exchange dance, music and language. 'Avery explores a moment caught between historical outcomes, a time when things could have turned out differently.’ Limelight Magazine