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

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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.

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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Presented by Carriageworks and Marrugeku with the City of Melbourne through Arts House.