Last Light 2015
Myilly Point Park, Myilly Terrace, Larrakeyah
For our twentieth consecutive Darwin Festival season of locally produced dance, we have reinvented a quintessential Darwin experience.
Darwin has a great tradition of ending the day by the water's edge, watching the setting sun. Join Tracks Dance Company in an outdoor park-land setting, looking across the Harbour to the Arafura Sea. Let local dancers accompany you on this Darwin sunset experience like never before. Imagine a runway stretching to the horizon, with you and the dancers wearing your own personal headsets, listening to an evocative and original soundtrack. Allow yourself to be drawn into this landscape wrapped in sound, whilst taking in images and actions, allowing your sunlit thoughts to melt away. Last Light will move you out of the day, past the blood red sun hitting the horizon, and through twilight into the night.
Conceived and directed by Tracks' Artistic Directors David McMicken and Tim Newth (both in their third decade of making distinctly Territorian work celebrating the people, the place and the spirit of the Northern Territory) with a creative team of local and national artists.
Concept and Direction: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Choreographers: Anna Smith (guest), Kelly Beneforti, Shaan Novak,
Darren Edwards, Venaska Cheliah, with input from the cast
Civil Twilight Choreography: Joanna Noonan
Soundtrack: Matthew Cunliffe
Soundtrack vocals: Merrilee Mills
Tracks’ work is created through rich collaborative processes. We are excited in drawing together this year’s creative team. We have engaged four local choreographers from past Tracks’ Choreographic Programs; a guest interstate choreographer and a local composer.
From the 2010 program, Kelly Beneforti, who is our Dance Animateur,is now leading our participation program. Kelly started with Tracks as a youth dancer in Fast, and you may remember her as the red haired City Girl in Mr Big. She went on to study dance at the Victorian College for the Arts. Since kelly decided to return to Darwin, we are thrilled to be able to draw on her local and national skills.
Shaan Novak (Myall), from the 2010 program, can be remembered as a very young performer in the iconic Tracks work 4WD Sweat Dust and Romance. She continued to sweat it out over the years, taking on a lead role in Endurance which was set within the Darwin Velodrome. Shaan is currently a director for the Department of Transport.
Venaska Cheliah completed the 2014 program. Within that same year she completed her Arangatram, (a classical Indian solo dance exam) and took on a solo role in Zombies in the Banyan Tree, choreographed by Desak Putu Wati and Jess Devereux. She did all this while concurrently studying to be a doctor.
Darren Edwards would be best known to most people as a lead dancer with Gary Lang NT Dancers, seen in Goose Lagoon, Mukoy, and Inspired. He finished the 2015 course. Darren has also branched out into several theatre shows in Darwin. Having danced in many Tracks shows, notably in Crocodile Man Pineapple Woman, Eight to Eighty - The Architechture of Age, and Future Age with Darryl Butler of the Grey Panthers. Darren has just return from performing at the Sydney Festival, and Dance Massive in Vicki Van Hout’s work, Long Grass.
Anna Smith is our guest interstate choreographer. She is based in Melbourne and works as a choreographer, educator and community artist. She has been awarded two of Melbourne’s performing arts Green Room Awards. She is best known in Darwin for her work with Casuarina Senior College dance students which has often been performed at local events such as Seabreeze Festival. Tim and Anna first worked together in 1989/90 in Tasdance, (a company of which David McMicken was a founding member,) on the works Orville’s Outing, and The Seed is On The Ground.
Matt Cunliffe has created the original soundtrack for Last Light. He is the owner of Subsonic Music & Sound. Mastering. Mixing, engineering, composing, playing for bands, Matthew’s life is music. He has worked with groups and artists such as Yothu Yindi, Gurramul, Salt Water Band, Annie Gastin, Jillaine Jones, and Gary Lang NT Dancers. Matthew has excelled at getting the sound right in our often challenging outdoor venues like the Darwin velodrome for Endurance and the Tanami Desert for Milpirri. We have used his talents on over 20 Tracks Dance productions.
We love Mark Marcellis’s sunny poster image that he has created for this show. Mark is a photographer and graphic artist and currently the editor and art director (along with Tim Palmer) of Resident Magazine. He has been the creator of the iconic images of our posters since 2001 with the first being Rivers of the Underground. In 2014, we had a Poster exhibition Our Community Is Our Company at the Darwin City Council Community Gallery space to celebrate the entire history of our work with Mark.
Angelita Gargoyles, Chloé Lauverjon, Donna Grossule, Elle Chandler, Heidi West, Jemma Stanley, Kelly Beneforti, Leanne Eltagonde, Luxmy Chandran, Natalie Hafsteins, Penelope Paton, Tully Doole and Ruttiya McElroy
Grey Panthers Seniors Dance Group: Jenni Sanderson, Ellen Hankin, Marge Duminski, Darryl Butler, Patricia O’Neill, Maria Vlastuin, Antonietta Vanzella, Janine Sutter, Carmel Alderson, Judy Markwell, Judith Allen, MaryAnn Hinton, and Val Hristova
Production and Promotions Personnel
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Stage Manager: CJ Fraser Bell
Production Assistant / Audio Technician: Angus Robson
Production Crew: Mark Gray, Kadek Hobman, and Jessie Davis
Promotions/Publicity: Agnès Michelet and Clancy Breasley
Front of House Manager: Sally Crawford
Head Steward: Charlie Marengo
Last Light Image and Design: Mark Marcelis
Graphic Design: Narelle Sullivan
Advertisement/Film Documentation: Dreamedia
Photographic Documentation: Peter Eve
• Landing Pad – transitioning from the working day
• Runway – towards the setting sun
• Civil Twilight – retiring the day
• Nautical Twilight – drawing the star-light
• Astro Twilight – into the dark – last light
Darwin Festival staff, Ian Kew, Deckchair Cinema, Vilaisan Campbell and David Turbayne, Roby Taylor, Ian Liang, Darwin City Council, The Department of Lands and Planning, Temporary Fencing Hire Darwin, Palm Springs, McMinn’s Pumping, Dreamedia, Royal Wolf, Darwin Party Hire, Eyesight Security, Silent Disco King, Coates Hire, Wormald Darwin, Darwin Correctional Services, Kailey Coble, Arthur Lariosa
Darwin International Airport, Dreamedia, Southern Cross TV, Brian Tucker
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Agnès Michelet
Administrator: Clancy Breasley
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt
Geek in Residence: Jeffrey Withaya Campbell
Committee Members: Michael Grant (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Mary Durack. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
Darwin Festival Box Office
08 8943 4222
$30 Full / $28 Friends / $18 Conc
Myilly Point Park
Myilly Terrace, Larrakeyah
Gate open @ 5.30pm for a 6pm sharp start
Fri 7 to Mon 10 Aug
Thurs 13 to Tues 18 Aug
Audience move between three performance spaces within the park. Please wear sensible footwear and sun glasses.