4WD Sweat Dust and Romance

4WD Sweat Dust and Romance


    Darwin Botanic Gardens, The Gardens, Darwin

    August 26-30, 1997
    Festival of Darwin

    In 1997 Tracks ventured on a trip into Northern Territory culture and found themselves covered in ‘Sweat, Dust and Romance’. Here was an extraordinary dance performance drawing together professional and community dancers in a show of skill, wit and diversity that celebrated what it was to be local. The rest of the country sat up and took notice as Tracks' performance of 4WD, bush-bashed its way from the local community onto the Australian cultural map. The company’s reputation was established.

    Fuelled by stories of 4WD travel in the Territory this show was performed by a cast of hundreds in the Darwin Botanic Gardens. It featured a core group of dancers made up of Darwin’s best local dancers and guests from Melbourne and PNG, with local movers, musicians and four 4WDs. This performance was Track Dance's first full-length Festival of Darwin performance, August 26 - 30

    4WD is seen as the first of Tracks Iconic works, where highly skilled professional dance artists were brought together and fully integrated into a large-scale community work as dancers, choreographers, and animateurs.

    Creative Personnel

    Conceived and Directed: Tim Newth
    Original Composition and Musical Arrangements: Scott Trenwith
    Musical Direction: Drum Drum - Airi Ingram
    Musical Direction: Arafura Ensemble - Claire Kilgariff
    Guest Choreographers: Markham Galut (PNG), Michael Collins, Michael Leslie, Nicky Fletcher, Beth Shelton
    Additional Choreography: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Berenice Franklin, Lisa Campbell, Richard Gumbula, (Traditional Dancer, Elcho Island), Desmond Madala, (Traditional Dancer, Elcho Island), Nicky Fearn
    Produced by Tracks Dance: David McMicken, Tim Newth, Sarah Calver, Bereni Franklin
    Publicist, Administrator: Suzanne Fermanis
    Administration Assistant: Liann Stephenson
    Lighting Design: Matthew James
    Stage Manager: Vanessa Hutchins
    Sound Technician: Colin Simpson
    Festival of Darwin Staff: Fabrizio Calafuri, Nic English, Andrew McMillan, Gary Outten


    4WD Core Dancers: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Michael Collins, Suzanne Fermanis, Nicky Fletcher, Berenice Franklin, Markham Galut, Michael Leslie, Stanley Stanislaus

    Arafura Ensemble: Tony Cavenagh, Zoe Crawford, Anna Faehse, Bill Grose, Stephanie Higgs, Paia Ingram, Tau Ingram. Ranu James, Fay Johnstone, Claire Kilgariff, Merrilee Mills, Bronwyn Myers, Mark Smith, Scott Trenwith

    Drum Drum: Phillip Eaton, Anna Faehse, Bill Grose, Airi Ingram, Mark Smith

    Yolngu Manikay: Richard Gumbula, Desmond Madala

    Black Cockatoo Operators: Ros Harper, Merran Hughes, Janet Irvine, Christina Shepherd, Nonie Whales

    White Cockatoo Operators: Eric Austin, Rowan Austin, Aiva Kadiba, Meshak Laeke

    Acronym: Michelle Hooper, Hemlock Mejarne, Daniel Oster, Melinda Warren

    Darwin Dance Mob (Tracks community dance group): Belinda Kinsella, Cindy O’Neil, Elka Kerkhofs, Kate Evans, Lisa-Marie Walters, Liz Pearse, Moira Stronach, Natasha Miller, Paul Harvey, Rebecca Neil, Sara Scrutton, Stephanie Sims

    Casuarina Senior College: Angela Griffith, Angie Diaz, Colleen Harvey, Derek Hewson, Elizabeth Moore, Jade Saxelby, Jill Eveleigh, Karen Hurley, Kelly Cridland, Lisa-Marie Walters, Matthew Kurle, Natalie Irvine, Rainbow Mannion, Sharon Burns, Sue-Ellen Sheperdson

    Grey Panthers: Kath Baldwin (dec), Kay Brown, Adie Bruce (dec), Del Cooke, Audrey Gorring (dec), Glad Morris, Greta Quong (dec), Hanna Stamm, Audrey Svara, Jo Davis

    Ballroom Dancers: Stephen Burrett, Amy Fairhall

    Lisa Campbell’s School of Ballet: Amy Suchbery, Angela Robertson, Anneke Outred, Emma Pantazis, Gabrielle Diplock, Hayley Pulsford, Kate Fisher, Natalie Irvine, Phoebe Costigan, Sarah Anne Fong, Shaan Myall

    Additional Men: Paul Harvey, Terry Hine, Patrick Mitchell

    Women’s Circus: Angie Sublime, Briany Willcocks, Chantal Munro, Erin Farley, Lesley Blasch, Maureen Mossop, Nicky Fearn, Wiyana Munro

    St Mary’s Football Team: Dennis Carrol, Jamie Thomas, Joseph Hill, Rick Nolan, Stewart Sceeney, Tim Schatz

    Child: Zoe Crawford

    Siale Dancers: Eric Austin, Rowan Austin, Paia Ingram, Tau Ingram, Ranu James, Aiva Kadiba, Meshak Laeke

    Nightcliff Primary School: Alex Aagaard, Elle Chandler, Kelly Walton, Koel Wrigley, Liam Wardle, Martin Childs, Mitchell Patteson, Tim McMeel

    Cockatoo Puppets designed by Dripstone High School: Emmett Hale, Kelly Hedger, Renee Lambert, Natasha Lawrence, Joel Mu, Marianna Papazoglou, Camellia Salam, Amy South

    Prop Construction Assisted by: Paul Hill, Elka Kerkhofs, Merran Hughes, Nonie Whales


    Buckle up your seat belts for a very wacky, very Darwin ride. Let us take you on a journey into the heart of the Territory. As we head down a rough, outback road you will find yourself in a whirling trail of dust. What spirits do we see as we cross this ancient land? We ride on into romance, circumnavigating a sea of anthills, as we approach the camping ground. Although mosquito-ridden at sunset, the night eventually descends delivering tropical delights. The new day beckons, harsh and bright. The sweat drips, as the land demands feats of physical skill and endurance. We push on down the track to a place of sensual earth beats and rhythms. We take a breath, a moment of stillness. The light shines onto unknown territory; the past and future fall away. We have discovered the heart.

    Tracks Dance 1997

    Co-Artistic Directors: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Tim Newth
    Administrator: Liann Stevenson

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

    Photo: Burrundi Pictures, Still from Video. Paih Ingram (younger), Aiva kadiba
    Photo: John Donegan. l-r Greta Quong (back), Glad Morris, Audrey Svara, Del Cooke, Adie Bruce.
    Photo: John Donegan. Nicky Fletcher, Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Markham Galut, Berenice Franklin
    Photo: John Donegan. Nicky Fletcher
    Photo: John Knight. Arafura Ensemble
    Photo: Burrundi Pictures. MArkaham Galut
    Photo: Burrundi Pictures. (l-R) ?, ? St MAry's Football Team
    Photo: Burrundi Pictures still from video. (l-r) Nicky fletcher, David McMicken, ?,

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    "A cast of old ladies, footballers and four wheel drives - a performance event that is, to say the least, unusual."  Debra Jopson, The Sydney Morning Herald

    "Remarkable sense of community." Ron Banks, The West Australian

    "Exuberance Triumphs."  Louise Nunn, The Adelaide Advertiser

    "Highlight of the Festival."  Joyce Morgan, The Age

    "Extraordinary Community Spectacle…"  Suzanne Spunner, Real Time


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