Presented by Arts House and Marrugeku as part of Dance Massive, 2013
6pm, Tue 12 Mar
6pm, Wed 13 Mar
6pm, Thu 14 Mar
6pm, Fri 15 Mar
6pm, Sat 16 Mar
5 Blackwood St,
Adult concepts (teenage suicide), coarse language
Gudirr Gudirr is a warning. The guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning – to miss the call is to drown. The muk muk bird comes closer each night – it arrives with news of death.
The animals hear, the land knows. Listen. The language is dying. Young men are hanging themselves. Bulldozers clear our ancestors’ land and gas pipes will soon cut the sea where we fish.
Gudirr Gudirr is an intimate dance and video work conceived by daughter of Broome Dalisa Pigram and Yawuru law-man Patrick Dodson. Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in collaboration with choreographer Koen Augustijnen (lead artist with Belgium’s les ballets C de la B), Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people.
Dalisa Pigram moves with effortless focus and a powerful fluidity. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from broken past to fragile present, and on to a future still in the making.
Vernon Ah Kee
Sam Serruys with Stephen Pigram and Iain Grandage
Rachael Swain Video Production: Sam James
Supported by – Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the WA Department of Culture and the Arts; the Shire of Broome (WA); and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Rod Hartvigsen