Milpirri People 2017
Lajamanu, Northern Territory, Australia
Since 1988 Lajamanu and Tracks artists have been working together. The relationship between Tracks and Lajamanu has produced performances which have become an iconic part of the place and company. The Milpirri performances (large-scale community performances held biennially) are a prime example. The ongoing relationships built over this time are trusted and heartfelt.
We created this page in 2017 to celebrate 30 years of working together. If you click on the Photos tab you will see some great portraits taken over the past 3 decades. These photos are mostly taken by Peter Eve and they show the people behind and within these collaborations.
Below you will find a full listing of all the performances and projects. Click on red text to link to the full information about each project, lots more great photos and sometimes videos.
Enjoy exploring the depths of what it means to be Australian by entering into these wonderful cultural collaborations.
*Warning: This web page contains images and names of people who have passed away.
Performances and Projects
Milpirri (Kurdiji) - Large-scale community performance held biannually in Lajamanu
Milpirri (jarda-warnpa) - Large-scale community performance held biennially in Lajamanu.
Early Career Residency - Choreographic Development project between emerging artists Kelly Beneforti (Tracks) and Caleb Japanangka Patrick, in Darwin and Lajamanu
Zombies in the Banyan Tree - Major season for Darwin Festival including Caleb Japanangka Patrick as dancer
Milpirri Showing (Yinapaka) - A smaller scale community performance held in Lajamanu
The Cook the Queen and the Kelly - Major season for Darwin Festival including Lajamanu dancers Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Caleb Japanangka Patrick and Gerard, Japanangka Scobie
Australian Dance Awards - Lajamanu youth travel to Melbourne’s Performing Arts Centre to dance at the Australian Dance Awards
Lipstick & Ochre - Darwin season featuring two senior dance groups: the Grey Panthers and the Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers. Also including Caleb Japanangka Patrick and Gerard Japanangka Scobie.
Struck - Season for Darwin Festival including Lajamanu dancer Caleb Japanangka Patrick.
Milpirri (Kurdiji) - Large-scale community performance held biennially in Lajamanu
Mr Big - Season for Darwin Festival including Lajamanu dancers Caleb Japanangka Patrick and Gerard Japanangka Scobie.
Australian Youth Dance Festival - Attended by Tracks Youth Dance leaders, Caleb Japanangka Patrick and Gerard Japanangka Scobie
Lajamanu Residency - One week dance residency lead by Nick Power and Erwin Fenis.
Local - Season celebrating the company’s birthday including the Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers.
Fierce - Season inspired by Warlpiri people of Lajamanu meeting anthropologist Olive Pink (for many their first white contact). Featuring the Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers. Performed in Alice Springs.
Lajamanu Workshop - Dance and circus workshops at Lajamanu School.
Fierce - The Story of Olive Pink - Season inspired by Warlpiri people of Lajamanu meeting anthropologist Olive Pink (for many their first white contact). Featuring the Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers and the Grey Panthers. Performed in Darwin.
Between Foot and Voice - Researching the contemporary nature of dance from Lajamanu and the Tiwi Islands.
Ngapa - Two Cultures One Country - A research project with Tracks and Lajamanu artists and elders following a section of the Ngapa dreaming path between Alice Springs and Darwin. Resulting in the creation of a performance season in Darwin.
The Opportunity of Distance - Season in Darwin, Wangaratta and Melbourne featuring the Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers and Tracks artists.
Sacred Space - A dance by David McMicken and Sarah Calver reflecting on time spent in Lajamanu.
Lajamanu Kurra Karna Yani - Darwin performance season developed with and featuring 16 Lajamanu youth and Lajamanu Yawulyu Ceremonial Dancers
Visual Arts Research Residency - Tim Newth mentored by Freddy Jangala Patrick on Warlpiri arts, craft and culture
Lajamanu Community Residency - The second three-month residency in Lajamanu to run workshops and create a touring youth performance
New Ways Old Ways - a tour to Lajamanu as part of a touring show by Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre
Lajamanu Community Residency - A three-month residency in Lajamanu to run workshops and create youth touring performance
Lajamanu Banner and Mural Project - Tim Newth community arts residency in Lajamanu
Living in Isolation - First tour to Lajamanu as part of a touring show by Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre. The start of the relationship.
Milpirri is assisted by Newmont Asia Pacific
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: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. 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
History of Tracks in Lajamanu (1988 -2017)
Read about our long-term relationship and history.
Lajamanu, Tanami Desert, Northern Territory
Making of Milpirri
Watch this short edit of documentary, Winds of Change.
What does the word Milpirri mean and why is the performance called Milpirri. Click to read.
What are colour groups?
Learn how the colours are linked to the Warlpirri kinship groupings.