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.