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Carriageworks Announces World Premiere Of New Dance Work About Australian Immigration and Detention Centres

Carriageworks Announces World Premiere Of New Dance Work About Australian Immigration and Detention Centres

Carriageworks these days declared the planet premiere of a new dance get the job done by resident firm Marrugeku that will be presented from 4 – 7 August 2021. Jurrungu Ngan-ga – this means Straight Communicate in Yawuru- reflects on the disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and initially-hand descriptions of lifetime within Australia’s immigration detention centres.

The multimedia theatre manufacturing is inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader and Senator for Western Australia Patrick Dodson, a single of six commissioners and the only non-law firm who sat on the Royal Fee into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It attracts on themes from the acclaimed autobiographical novel No Friend but the Mountains: Crafting from Manus Prison (2018) by Kurdish-Iranian journalist and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani. The novel, translated by Iranian Australian philosopher and activist Omid Tofighian from hundreds of WhatsApp messages published by Boochani on a smuggled cellphone, is an account of Boochani’s perilous journey to Christmas Island and his subsequent incarceration in an Australian govt immigration detention facility on Manus Island.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French claimed, “Marrugeku’s intercultural dance theatre addresses nearby and world problems encompassing anxiety of cultural big difference. Carriageworks is very pleased to commission and existing this provocative and timely new function by Marrugeku – a perform that blends searing truths with dim humour, anxiety, disappointment and braveness to emphasize ways to empower us all to feel and rewrite our upcoming collectively.”

Set within just a big-scale set up designed by primary West Australian visual artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Jurrungu Ngan-ga was conceived by choreographer and dancer Dalisa Pigram and director and dramaturg Rachael Swain with Patrick Dodson, and developed with performers Czack (Ses) Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Zachary Lopez, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen and Miranda Wheen dramaturgy Hildegard de Vuyst and cultural dramaturgy Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian, with songs by Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier and Rhyan Clapham aka DOBBY sound style by Sam Serruys and Paul Charlier, costumes by Andrew Treloar and lights design and style by Damien Cooper.

Marrugeku’s cultural team and forged have drawn on their intersecting nevertheless distinct experiences (as Indigenous, displaced, exiled, transgender and/or settler peoples), to respond to crucial themes in Boochani’s novel with choreography, seem and visible art.

Marrugeku Co-inventive Director Rachael Swain said, “Jurrungu Ngan-ga provides notice to Australia’s development of dehumanizing areas devoid of due method of legislation and the essential social aid and regard. The present reveals how this exclusive dialogue amongst Indigenous, settler and refugee perspectives can handle the burning issues of our situations, investigating that which Australia wishes to isolate and lock away from view.”

Jurrungu Ngan-ga was commissioned by Carriageworks and Arts Dwelling in Melbourne.

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