1994 Grey Panthers

1994 Grey Panthers


    Brown's Mart Community Arts, Darwin City

    Throughout the year, 1994

    In 1994 the Grey Panthers (aged between 50 and 78) looked at how and why women ‘gather’. They created a ‘decrepit’ dance complete with sticks, shawls, handbags and other sundry props. This was a display of stereotypical community attitudes toward older women. The dance progressed as they threw off the trappings of age and moved into an abstracted lawn bowls game, showing the energetic fiery nature for which these women are getting a reputation. Finally, they displayed their range by letting loose in a rap-style dance. These women inspire our community as they refuse to become invisible and believe that if others do not give you a chance, then you have to make your own opportunities.

    They were seen in both Open House (2) and Gathering Ground (2) a Bougainvillea Festival Event,  and were guest performers in Bronwyn Calcutt’s Skeleton Woman.

    Additional performances took place at the Evergreens Club, University of the Third Age (U3A), Chan Park, Salvation Army and Juninga Christmas Party.

    Creative Team

    Program Leaders: Sarah Calver, with David McMicken
    Guest Tutors: Bronwyn Calcutt
    Choreographers: Sarah Calver, David McMicken


    Inger Andersson, Kath Baldwin, Adie Bruce, Audrey Gorring, Glad Morris, Marie Porter, Lila Prochazka, Greta Quong, Frida Staats, Hanna Stamm, Audrey Svara, Pamela Tibbits, Joyce Tickell, and Jean Young Smith

    Tracks Dance Collective 1994

    Collective Members: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Tim Newth, Berenice Franklin, Lisa Campbell
    Brown’s Mart Community Arts Dance Development Offices: Sarah Calver, David McMicken

    [Under Brown's Mart Community Arts – Executive Officer Ken Conway]

    Jean Young Smith?, Audrey Svara, Glad Morris, Kath Baldwin, Frida Staats?, Audrey Gorring, Adie Bruce. Sister Act
    Rosalba Clemente (red dress), David McMicken and Audrey Gorring (Hugging in centre). Skeleton Woman by Bronwyn Calcutt
    Cast shot including Grey Panthers. Skeleton Woman by Bronwyn Calcutt
    Frida Staats, Adie Bruce, ?, Audrey Gorring, ? Standing behind Rosalba Clemente. Skeleton Woman by Bronwyn Calcutt
    l-r Hanna Stamm, Inger Andersson, Audrey Gorring, Lila Prochazka, Jean Young Smith, Glad Morris. Christmas Show
    l-r Hanna Stamm, Inger Andersson, Adie Bruce, Glad Morris, Audrey Gorring, Frida Staats, David McMicken (Red pants), Kath Baldwin, Jean Young Smith. Gathering Ground
    l-r Glad Morris, Inger Andersson, Kath Baldwin, Jean Young Smith, Hanna Stamm, Audrey Gorring, ?, Frida Staats. Gathering Ground
    clockwise from front centre Frida Staats, Audrey Gorring, Adie Bruce, ?, Hanna Stamm, Glad Morris, Kath Baldwin, Inger Andersson, Jean Young Smith. Gathering Ground

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    "We haven’t set out specifically to do this, but the Grey Panthers has become a culturally diverse group of local Darwin women. Their age and experience creates a great strength. Their stories about why they are here in Darwin are fascinating – all of that background is in this group – their age, life experience, range of cultural experiences." David McMicken

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