London: Origins of First Nations - Gudirr Gudirr

A Marrugeku production, performed by Dalisa Pigram: choreography by Dalisa Pigram and Koen Augustijnen.

Gudirr 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.

Watch the trailer

Watch an interview with Dalisa Pigram

"Gudirr Gudirr is a truly timely work that should be seen widely" - RealTime

"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

Pre-show talk with Artistic Director Rachael Swain 31 October 5.30pm. Free.

Produced by Stalker Theatre and co-commissioned by the City of Melbourne through Arts House (AUS), Theater Im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen (DEU) and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LUX). Funded by: The Australia Council, The Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts, The Shire of Broome, Western Australia.

UK performances in collaboration with The Place and the Indigeneity project at Royal Holloway, University of London

30 October 8.00pm, 31 October 7.00pm: BOOK TICKETS AT THE PLACE WEBSITE

£15 (£12 concs).


Thu, Oct. 31, 2013
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
(GMT+0000) GMT


The Place
17 Duke's Rd
London WC1H 9PY