Cut the Sky

Cut the Sky erupts in unpredictable shifts through the detritus of the past and the present in the north of Western Australia. Beginning in a near future as climate refugees, a displaced traditional owner, Indigenous and settler mining workers, a geologist, a sex worker, a scavenger and a protester reoccur in defining moments for the Kimberley as they face ever present end times. Tossed together in an extreme weather event, they shape-shift as a flock of urgent, spiralling butterflies— propelled through time tunnels to ratchet up the stakes in the search for water, for connection, for the future.

Featuring the epic perspectives of dream catcher Edwin Lee Mulligan seeing his Nyikina and Walmajarri Country through the eyes of his totems, songs by Ngaiire and covers of Nick Cave, Cut the Sky asks what it takes to dream a different future together?

Images by Bryony Jackson and Marina Levitskaya
Thursday 4 July 7:30pm
Friday 5 July 7:30pm
Saturday 6 July 7:30pm
Thursday 11 July 7:30pm
Friday 12 July 7:30pm
Saturday 13 July 2pm

Concession: $40+ bf
Full: $50+ bf

*a $5 booking fee applies to all transactions.

The performance runs for 67 minutes with no interval.

Cut the Sky has been funded by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body, the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, Australian Research Council, Australian Government Attorney General office — Ministry for the Arts, Department of Foreign Affairs, Arts Tasmania and Arts NSW.

Cut the Sky was commissioned by Theater Im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen, (Germany) / Carriageworks (Australia) / Koninklijke VlaKVS Schouwburg – KVS (Belgium) / Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa (New Caledonia).

Cut the Sky is collaboratively created by:


Creative and Cultural team
Concept: Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain with Patrick Dodson
Director: Rachael Swain
Choreographers: Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Cultural Dramaturg: Patrick Dodson
Dramaturg: Hildegard de Vuyst
Poems: Edwin Lee Mulligan
Visual concept & Media Artists: Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya (Desire Machine Collective)
Set and Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis
Musical Director: Matthew Fargher
Songwriter & recorded vocals: Ngaiire
Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper
Cinematographer and video production: Sam James
Rain effect designer: Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven


Co-devising Performers 2024-25: Samuel Hauturu Beazley, Emmanuel James Brown, Emma Harrison, Dalisa Pigram, Ngaire Pigram, Taj Pigram, Miranda Wheen
Previous co-devising Performers (2015-18) Eric Avery, Josh Mu, Edwin Lee Mulligan 


Production Manager and lighting operator: Aiden Brennan
Sound and video production and operation: Raine Paul


Producer: Natalie Smith

Marrugeku is Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance theatre company based in Yawuru buru (Broome – WA) and the land of the Gadigal (Sydney – NSW), led by co-artistic directors, choreographer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain. Together, over almost three decades, they have collaborated with diverse artists to develop new intercultural dance languages that build bridges between remote and urban dance communities and Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

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