Presented by Arts House and Marrugeku as part of Dance Massive
Thu 14 – Sun 17 Mar
Thu – Sat, 9pm
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5 Blackwood Street,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following production may contain images and voices of deceased persons.
Haze and flashing lights.
Questions of cultural, political and personal decolonisation in Australia and New Caledonia are the focus of the bold and breathtaking Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry. Inspired by the New Caledonian referendum on independence and Australia’s long-running debate on constitutional recognition for First Nations people, this energetic inter-cultural performance examines the ways dance has been shaped by colonisation.
Six dancers express the anger, longing, frustration and despair over years of talk that has yet to get the results the Indigenous people of both countries want. With rapid-fire contemporary movement, acrobatic street styles and traditional Indigenous dance, the performers move across the stage to the backing of electronic, techno, future soul and ambient soundscapes.
Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry captures the forces of decolonisation through dance – the drive for independence, the collapse of old systems and the vulnerability of a future standing alone. Intense and visceral, the movement gathers into a driving pace and an urgent call to be heard.
‘Le Dernier Appel’s passionate dance language allows each of the six performers to emerge as distinctive and fascinating.’ The Australian
Director: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Co-choreographers: Dalisa Pigram and Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Dramaturg and Creative Producer: Rachael Swain
Music composed and produced by: Nick Wales & Bree Van Reyk
Co-composer and singer/songwriter: Ngaiire
Set Designer and Video Artist: Nicolas Molé
Lighting Designer: Matt Marshall
Costume Designer: Mirabelle Wouters
Dancers and Co-creators: Amrita Hepi, Stanley Nalo, Krilin Nguyen, Yoan Ouchot, Dalisa Pigram, Miranda Wheen
Production Manager and Lighting Operator: Jason Thelwell
Audio Visual Programmer and Operator: Phil Downing
Company Manager: Cyrielle Roestam
Recorded at Electric Ave Studios, Sydney
Music Mix: Bob Scott
Additional Sound Engineering: David Trumpmanis, Phil Punch
Additional production for party scene: stereogamous
Co-artistic directors: Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain
General Manager: Robina Burton
Strategy and Sales: Justin Macdonnell
Patron: Patrick Dodson
Funding by – Marrugeku is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body; and the WA State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Commissioning –Le Dernier Appel / The Last Cry is co-commissioned by Centre Culturel Tjibaou (New Caledonia), Carriageworks (Australia), Théâtre National de Chaillot (France), Le Manège- Scène National Maubeuge (France) and Arts House, through the City of Melbourne (Australia).
Image by – Prudence Upton