Grey Panthers 2008
In 2008, for the Grey Panthers twenty-first birthday celebrations, Tracks developed a new full length show called Lipstick and Ochre. Joining with the Lajamanu Yawulyu Dancers and various special guests, we created an evening of entertainment that showed how both groups of Elders enjoyed making up and painting up and having a jolly good time dancing together. This performance allowed us to bring back some old favorites as well as show off some new dances.
One off performances included: Frock Me Warehouse dance and fashion parade for Biggest Morning Tea, Ausdance Dance Expo, Janine’s Birthday Party Entertainments, Portrait of a Senior Territorian Launch, Palmerston Festival, Relay for Life, The Darwin Convention Centre Opening, Big Girl’s Pyjama Party - Anti-Cancer Foundation, Somerville Charity, Seabreeze Festival, Eisteddfod (First Prize, again), and the Tracks Christmas Party. Never has an Abba medley been seen by so many and provided so much joy.
Julia Quinn and David McMicken
Carmel Alderson, Judith Allen, Lucy Aylett, Hillary Basset, Bette Chapman, Kay Brown, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Audrey Gorring, Ellen Hankin, Kathleen Harding, Jan Hastings, Val Hristova, Marg Lee, Lillian Mann, Judy Markwell, Elaine Marlow, Judy McKerr, Patricia O’Neill, Bev Paget, Judi Samuels, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Judy Weepers, and Jacquie Williams
Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Fiona Carter
Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
Administrative Assistant: Ciella Williams, Gail Evans
Bookkeeper: Julie Ann Stark
Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis
Committee Members: (Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Vice-Chair) David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Traci Keys, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Donna Quong, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan
"There are not many occasions where it is appropriate to wolf-whistle at a senior – there are moments throughout this piece where it is not just acceptable, it is encouraged … Lipstick & Ochre is the Territory played out on stage, full of its contradictions, idiosyncrasies and unexpected and often rough edged Beauty." Daniel Bourchier, Northern Territory News
… A vivid statement that age is no barrier to public performance … leaves an aura of good feelings in its wake." Merridy Anne Pugh, Northern Territory Writers’ Centre Newsletter