I am driven with the passion and urgency to help keep my culture alive. Through the telling of stories Marrugeku are privileged to explore, I believe we have a lot to offer in the process of reconciliation and sharing culture.

Dalisa Pigram, Co-Artistic Director


Marrugeku

About

Marrugeku is at the leading edge of Australian contemporary intercultural performance. Founded in 1994, the company is currently under the artistic direction of Rachael Swain and Dalisa Pigram.

Drawing from the lives of people and communities living in remote in North West Australia, Marrugeku share the memories and traditions of Indigenous culture through contemporary dance-theatre.

Place and identity, migration and misplacement, and the constant shifting world of cultural identities and globalised fantasies constantly inform the direction of their productions.

Their ambitious large-scale outdoor works are created through long-term collaborations with a multicultural cast of professional and community based artists. The company utilises flexible contemporary dance languages, relevant traditional and contemporary music, physical theatre, circus, installation and video art.

Each visually spectacular production is designed to tour regional and remote communities as well as major Australian and international arts festivals.

From October to November 2009 Marrugeku toured their explosive yet haunting dance theatre work Burning Daylight throughout Australia as part of Performing Lines Mobile States program. In 2010 Marrugeku performed Buru, a new work involving eight young Broome performers exploring significant issues facing young Indigenous Australian’s at this time, in Broome WA.

Biography

Rachael Swain, Co-Artistic Director
Rachael conceives and directs multimedia performances in a unique synthesis of theatre, circus, video, and dance, in a variety of alternative locations nationally and internationally. Rachael co devised and performed in all of Stalker’s earlier street theatre productions. She conceived and directed Mimi, Blood Vessel, Crying Baby, Incognita and Burning Daylight for Marrugeku and Stalker. Her works have toured throughout remote and urban Australia, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific. She was commissioned by the European Capital of Culture to create SUGAR an intercultural dance, project in the port cities of Marseilles and Liverpool (06/07). Rachael has written, directed and produced several multi-screen video projects for live performances and installation, including proXy co directed with André Lepecki 02. In 2005 she wrote and co produced a dance documentary and three short Noodle Westerns for Burning Daylight.

Dalisa Pigram, Co-Artistic Director
Dalisa was born and raised in Broome, northwestern Australia. Her family is part of the Yawuru people of Broome and Bardi people of One Arm Point.

Dalisa is a founding member and recently appointed Co Artistic Director of the Marrugeku Company, with which she has toured to the Netherlands, The Philippines, New Caledonia, Latin America, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Zurich and all over Australia with shows Mimi, Crying Baby and latest piece Burning Daylight. Dalisa has also toured with Stalker Theatre Company’s Blood Vessel in Australia and overseas and was a co-devisor and performer in Stalker’s Incognita which also toured extensively. Dalisa hopes to help keep her culture alive and strong through performing arts and teaching.

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