Memory and movement: Dalisa Pigram performs Gudirr Gudirr, backed by visuals by Vernon Ah Kee. Photo: SuppliedA BROOME artist will bring a solo performance detailing the lives of Western Australia’s indigenous people to the Mandurah performing Arts Centre on April 27 to 29.
Gudirr Gudirraims to explore the past, present and future of Aboriginal people in WA’s Northwest, focusing on Dalisa Pigram’s “by turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry” movements on stage.
Ms Pigram has developed a rich and contrasting performance that balances traditional Indigenous dance with passionate critique on the social and cultural issues facing those in WA’s most remote areas. She’s had wide-ranging support from the community, including from WA’s most respected Aboriginal elders.
“I had a conversation with one of my uncles, [Labor senatecandidate]Patrick Dodson, who told me I should start with Gudirr Gudirr,” she said.
“What Gudirr Gudirr is, is a little bird that calls out a warning to the people when the tide is turning.
“It’s a Dreaming idea, but one that I wanted to apply to my dance, and what I wanted to say with the dance.”
The idea of the bird warning of changing tide was fitting, Ms Pigram said, as it appealed to her hopes of addressing as much as she can about contemporary Aboriginal culture.
“At first I didn’t know if I was capable of it, because there’s so much I wanted to say,” she said.
“There’s a lot going on, just so much to talk about it, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to express that just by myself.”
Internationally-regarded choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee came on board to help Ms Pigram develop her concept, with the trio developing as strong a visual presentation as they could of their subject matter.
“It all came together, as we worked on it,” she said.
“It became more about carrying on that conversation, and keeping that conversation going. We make time after the performance to talk with the audience, so they can have a dialogue about what they just saw and what it means to them.”
Gudirr Gudirrruns at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from April 27 to 29. Tickets available through manpac南京夜网419论坛 or 9550 3900.
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