Challenging, joyful and deeply affecting, Jurrungu Ngan-ga — literally ‘Straight Talk’— confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration in a powerful and provocative new dance work. Inspired by perspectives on incarceration, Jurrungu Ngan-ga reflects on the disgraceful disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and first-hand descriptions of life inside Australia’s immigration detention centres. Searing truths blend with dark humour, fear, sadness and courage to shine a light on new ways to resist and to empower us all to rewrite our future – together.

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Image 1: Bhenji Ra, Emmanuel James Brown, Miranda Wheen, Zachary Lopez, Chandler Connell, Feras Shaheen, Issa el Assaad, Luke Currie-Richardson & Ses Bero in Jurrungu Ngan-ga, Marrugeku. 2021 Photo by Abby Murray
Image 2: Emmanuel James Brown in Jurrungu Ngan-ga. Marrugeku, 2021. Photo by Abby Murray
Image 3: Issa el Assaad, Emmanuel James Brown & Bhenji Ra in Jurrungu Ngan-ga, Marrugeku. 2021 Photo by Abby Murray

Thu 27 Jan, 7.30pm
Fri 28 Jan, 7.30pm
Sat 29 Jan, 2pm
Sat 29 Jan, 7.30pm

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Reserved Concession: $40 + fee

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Suitable for ages 16+, contains coarse language, adult themes and partial nudity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the production contains names of people who have died.

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Jurrungu Ngan-ga is collaboratively created by:

Concept:  Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain with Patrick Dodson
Dalisa Pigram with the performers
Rachael Swain
Hildegard de Vuyst
Cultural Dramaturgy:
Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian
Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier and Rhyan Clapham aka DOBBY
Sound Design:
Sam Serruys and Paul Charlier
Scenic Design:
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Costume Design:
Andrew Treloar
Lighting Design:
Damien Cooper

Co-devising Performers: Czack (Ses) Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Zachary Lopez, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen and Miranda Wheen

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Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk] was co-commissioned by Carriageworks and the City of Melbourne through Arts House, and has been funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council it arts funding and advisory body and the Indigenous Language and Arts Program, the Government of Western Australian through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; Create NSW; and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Presented as part of Sydney Festival 2022.