2001 Grey Panthers
Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio
Throughout the year, 2001
In 2001 we saw a full length work created by and for the Grey Panthers looking at issues that directly affect Seniors. Dear Auntie was a romp through life where the seniors may appear hidden away from society at large, but they are often called on to solve family and community problems. These were Agony Aunts with bite!
Joining the elder Lajamanu Ceremonial Yawulyu dancers, the Grey Panthers also performed in the season of Fierce, the Story of Olive Pink. Tracks artists have been working with both the Grey Panthers and the Lajamanu women since 1988.
One off performances this year included: Palmerston Festival, Darwin Show, Lions Club Christmas Show, Nightcliff Markets, Portrait of A Senior Territorian Launch, and an Ausdance Show Case.
Program Leaders: David McMicken, Merrilee Mills
Guest Tutors: Betchay Mondragon, Claire Kilgariff
Choreographers: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Paia Ingram
Lucy Aylett, Kath Baldwin , Betty Ballinger, Barby Barclay, Kay Brown, Adie Bruce, Bette Chapman, Beryl Darben, Nora Francis, Audrey Gorring, Crena Hemmings, Bobbie Johnstone, Elaine Marlow, Lois Penman, Barb Quinlan, Shirley Somers, Hanna Stamm, Audrey Svara, and Mavis Waddell
Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Office Administration: Heather Richards
Bookkeeper: Lynn Bramham
Production Manager: Eunice De Ramos
Multicultural Artist in Residence: Betchay Mondragon
Grey Panthers Coordinator: Merrilee Mills
Committee Members: David Taylor (Chair), Jackie Wurm (Vice-Chair), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Kyleigh Hindson/Rukshana Ramachandran (Secretary/Public Officer), Ken Conway, Nicole Cridland, Kay Brown, Tania Lieman (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)
“The young people are not the only ones trying to assert their identities – Members of the Grey Panthers all have stories about society trying to pigeon hole seniors, telling them how they ought to behave and what they might be allowed to do.” Suellen Hinde, NT News
"Between them there is more than 900 years of collected wisdom and advice and they show us there is always more to give and to learn.” Darwin Sun