Guirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past
through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.
The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change?
Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous wellbeing.
Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian– Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.
…an extraordinary work from an artist at the peak of her craft and intellectual confidence…
Unmissable. THE GUARDIAN
Pigram is an extraordinary dancer, her solo work is breathtakingly good… she seems to move entirely her own way, a body that is both memory and future tense. THE AUSTRALIAN
An intensely personal exploration of identity as well as a kind of universal commentary on where we are as a larger society… this work has real power both in its relevance and in its rawness. THE AGE, MELBOURNE
WARNINGS Course language and adult themes (youth suicide)
RUNNING TIME 60 minutes, no interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION Over 16
2017 BMEC Season proudly sponsored by Reliance Bank
Tuesday 26 September 7.30pm
Wednesday 27 September 11.00am
Adult Friend $32.00
Concession Friend $29.00
Student/Junior Friend $18.00
Pensioner Matinee $22.00
Student Rush $18.00
Family (2+2) $105.00
Additional Child $16.00
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