Coming to Get Ya - Lajamanu Week Residency
Lajamanu, Northern Territory
Making a Milpirri Music Video
In a new and exciting extension project of the bi-lingual, bi-cultural Milpirri performance, a small Tracks team travelled to Lajamanu to work on a music video with the students from Lajamanu School and local filmmaker Maxwell Japanangka Tasman.
Jess Devereux, who first worked in Lajamanu in 2009, returned with current Milpirri youth choreographers Kelly Beneforti and Aaron Lim for the trip. They were joined by newbie Jordan Bretherton, who jumped straight into teaching and choreographing with the kids.
The idea behind the video
The concept for this project was to take one of the youth songs from the 2018 Milpirri performance and turn it into a music video, drawing on the narrative and thematic ideas that the song deals with. The song we chose is based on Warlpiri ceremonial values around Law and Justice that belong to the Red Group (Jakamarra, Nakamarra, Jupurrula, and Napurrula).
It tells the story of a young person in Lajamanu who steals a car and drives out of town with friends, only to break down in the bush. As night-time closes in, and the group of friends become increasingly spooked, the law pursues them until justice is done. The song resolves with balance and harmony being restored in the community.
Content created by Tracks Dance Animateur Team: Kelly Beneforti, Aaron Lim, Jess Devereux, and Jordan Bretherton with Maxwell Japanangka Tasman
Filming & Editing: Jess Devereux
Soundtrack: Marc Peckham, with Kelly Beneforti & Rob Tremlett
Song vocals: Lajamanu school Year 7/8/9 (2018)
Performers: Jasmine Nampijinpa Burns, Shemiah Napurrula Dixon, Zane Jampijinpa Hargraves, Lindsay Jungarrayi Herbert, Trixie Nampijinpa Kelly, Kayzeanna Nakamarra Morton, Seivera Nampijinpa Robertson, Vicky Nampijinpa Robertson, Alex Jupurrula Dixon, Jude Jangala Jigili, Junior (Dudley) Japangardi Polly, Jezeniah Japanangka Poulson, Mark Jampijinpa Rose, Thelonius Japaljarri Rose, Oscar Jupurrula Simon, Jimmelia Napaljarri George, Akeam Jampijinpa Gordon, Cassandra Nakamarra James, Kiendra Nakamarra Lewis, Trisvina Nakamarra Lewis, Leo Jupurrula Patterson, Bradleyius Jupurrula Rockman, Roman Jupurrula Simon, Sheneil Napangardi Simon, Jamien Jangala Tilmouth, Prestina Napaljarri Spencer, Shanneka Nampijinpa Payton, Winona Nampijinpa Burns, Fabian Japanangka Dixon, Kunja (Zackalina) Nungarrayi Dixon, Edmond Jakamarra Gordon, Irene Nakamarra Gordon, Zacquasha Nampijinpa Gumbula, Vincent Japaljarri McDonald, Natalia Nakamarra Nelson, Fiona Napaljarri Payton, Janine Nungarrayi Penn, Tracie Napaljarri Rose, Denzel Japangardi Tasman, Norah Nungarrayi Jurrah, Natalie Nampijinpa Robertson, Joselina Napangardi Polly, Marcus Jupurrula Rockman, Jeff Jnr Jupurrula Simon, Darlene Napangardi Dixon, Xavier Dixon and Lina Napanangka Robertson
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
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Associate Artistic Director: Jess Devereux
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: David Taylor (Chairperson), Mary Durack (Outgoing Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Max Dewa Stretton. David McMicken, Tim Newth and Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Dr Anita Toth/Maari Gray, Will Crawford and Lachlan Peattie
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory