The Dance and Cultural Dramaturgies on Contested Land Symposium is the culmination of two dance research laboratories hosted by resident company Marrugeku on Yawuru Country (May 2022) and Gadigal, Bidjigal and Gweagal lands of the Eora Nation (Jul 2023). Drawing on relationships between dance, Country, community and history, these labs have explored how performance can communicate with audiences through intersections of dance and cultural dramaturgies.

The two-day symposium will share outcomes of the research in performance excerpts and panel discussions. The full program will be announced on the soon.

Attendance is free, registration is required due to limited capacity.

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Fri 14 Jul
1pm – 5.30pm

Sat 15 Jul
10am – 4.20pm

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The labs are curated and facilitated by Marrugeku’s Co-artistic Directors Yawuru/Bardi choreographer & dancer Dalisa Pigram and Anglo settler director and dramaturg Rachael Swain, drawing on frameworks developed with their long term dramaturgical collaborators Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson and Belgian dance dramaturg Hildegard de Vuyst.

In the 2023 lab the guest workshop leaders are dancer, choreographer, curator and scholar Mique’l Dangeli of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska; her son Nick Dangeli of the Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Tlingit, Haida, Gitxsan, Tsetsaut and Colville Nations; and choreographer Radouan Mrigiza of the Amazigh Peoples of Northern Africa. Guest speakers include Noongar writer Cass Lynch and Wiradjuri visual artist Jonathan Jones.

For the 2023 lab, eight working groups of collaborating artists from Australia, Aotearoa and Canada have been invited to respond to the frameworks for the lab and approaches shared by guest workshop leaders and speakers through their own practice.

Victoria Hunt
Boris Bagattini
Moe Clark
Rosie Te Rauawhea Belvie
Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal
Ria Soemardjo
Justin Shoulder
Corin Ileto
Matthew Stegh
Katina Olsen
Courtney Scheu
Rika Hamaguchi
Tara Robertson
Jada Narkle
Saskia Ellis
Jenny Trinh
Miranda Wheen
Emma Harrison
Azzam Mohammed
Luke Currie-Richardson
Rhyan Clapham (DOBBY)
Ghenoa Gela
Feras Shaheen

Dance and Cultural Dramaturgy In Contested Land is presented by Marrugeku in association with Carriageworks, Sydney, and funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts and the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program, and through the City of Sydney. Marrugeku is grateful for funding support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, the NSW Government through Create NSW, and the Western Australian Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Didirrgun (Kennedy Hill) in Rubibi (Broome) photo by Rachael Swain.