Our Company is our Community
Our company members are drawn from our community, rich with diversity in age, cultures, beliefs and styles. We celebrate intercultural and intergenerational differences, therefore focussing our endeavours on Youth, Seniors, Indigenous and Multicultural.
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Tracks has a long history of working with young Territorians to develop a stronger dance community able to work successfully within the often harsh conditions of the Northern Territory. Drawn from diverse backgrounds they bring to Tracks an array of dance styles. Tracks’ Development Program mentors and trains them to be the next contemporary cultural leaders, and they invigorate many of our major performances. Youth provide valuable intergenerational links into the broader community.
“Tracks has given me great opportunities that has let life take me on this path. 10 years ago I would never have thought to be in the position I am in now, and the only reason I can now make dance my full time career is because of the opportunities Tracks has given me to make the right choice.”
- Click here to read about B Boy and co-founder of the D*City Rockers, Aaron Lim.
“I come from a traditional Indian background I am trying to find my western contemporary style and how that sits in my body. I am interested in the contrast between styles. Tracks has given me a safe space to explore my current dance style and interest as well as a safe space to develop."
- Read about Venaska Cheliah, who has a background in traditional Indian dance.
Click here to watch a video of young people talking about what they have gained from working with Tracks and being involved in Tracks projects.
Giving voice to Territory culture means creating work for, and about, all Territorians. Seniors are often overlooked for the ‘younger’ models, and yet they hold such valuable knowledge, wisdom and know-how. When it comes to maintaining, developing and passing on culture to younger generations, the role of the senior is invaluable. Some Territorian seniors have access to information held within one of the oldest living cultures in the world.
Tracks has a long-term relationship with two key groups of seniors: the Yawulyu ceremonial dancers of Lajamanu and the Grey Panthers.
Read a paper written by David and Tim: Dance as a whole of life activity
Darwin is distinguished by its high proportion of residents who have originated from other countries (over 30% have a language background other than English), a significant percentage of which are from South East Asia.
With proximity and a similar climate, locals tend to adopt lifestyle traits more in tune with South East Asia than with Australia’s south.
Tracks builds strong relationships by showing and giving respect to people, place and spirit, and integrating and fusing various cultures in recognition that our community is made up of people who view this not as strange, but as a simple fact of life.
Click here to view a video that shares some of our Multicultural voices.
The national population percentage of Indigenous Australians is under 3%. However, in the Northern Territory it is closer to 30%, with many living in remote communities and speaking languages other than English. In the Northern Territory we have direct contact with, and are influenced by, Indigenous cultures. Tracks seeks ways to understand and celebrate the many Indigenous cultures that make up contemporary Australian culture.
Tracks has a particularly strong relationship with the remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu, 950 km south-west of Darwin. Since 1988, together we have developed works that share both Warlpiri and Western cultures. A major outcome of this three-decade collaboration is the Milpirri Festival, a biennial event that draws the whole community together.
See some great portraits of the people involved with Milpirri over the years - Milpirri People
Voices of Tracks
Our community is rich with a diversity of age, cultures and beliefs. In order to celebrate these differences we focus our endeavours on Youth, Seniors, Indigenous and Multicultural.
Click here to veiw a video in which leading multicultural artists talk about working within Tracks projects
Veiw video of Putu Desak Wati and Chandrika Munasinghe (and others) talk about being involved in Hidden Meaning, a Tracks performances where four cultural dance groups reveal the stories behind their costumes
Click here to watch a video of David McMicken and Tim Newth talking about their company Tracks
Watch a video shot in Lajamanu of a residency between Kelly Beneforti and Caleb Japanangka Patrick
Read about Kelly Beneforti and her work with Tracks
Judy supports the company in many ways. Click here to read Judy's story
Click here to read some audience responses