Dance Body Design

Dance Body Design


    Darwin / Lajamanu

    In development throughout 2020/21/22

    In a similar vein to the Milpirri Banner Home Page project, Tracks Dance Company wishes to gather knowledge about the Milpirri dances as performed in Lajamanu since 2005, and then make this accessible.

    Tracks has also worked with Lajamanu artists outside the community, including in Darwin, Victoria, and New South Wales. There is potential to extend this work to include those activities.

    There are Five Milpirri performances in the cycle.

    • Jardiwanpa (2005/14)
    • Kurdiji (2007/16)
    • Jurntu (2009/18)
    • Yinapaka (2011)
    • Pulya Rani (2012)

    The biennial performance sees dancers performed by the Lajamanu community, and unlike ceremony, we bring the youth and the adults onto the same stage. The adults perform open “soft” versions of their Warlpiri dances, connected to particular ceremonial concepts. We are also given thematic material from Steve Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick that is sourced as the values inherent in each year’s performance. (Example: following the right path, celebrating, working together, looking after country.) These themes are reinterpreted through contemporary and hip-hop dance routines created on and performed by the school-age youth. The performance is intergenerational and intercultural spanning Warlpiri and Non-Warlpiri knowledge and methodologies

    This project we will look back at and clarify the resources we have gathered since 2005.

    These include:

    • Video Footage
    • Dance or Action Name
    • Voiceover: who and what said
    • Owner, Manager, Creatives
    • Singers
    • Lyrics: (both Warlpiri and English)
    • Performers
    • Description of Dance or Action
    • Costume
    • Body Design
    • Properties/objects/artefacts

    Creative Team

    This project will be led by the Artistic Co-Directors Tim Newth and David McMicken
    Milpirri Creative Director: Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick
    Web Development: John Saward
    Youth Dance Co-Ordinator: Kelly Beneforti
    Design Assistance: Jessica Mellor

    Company Partners

    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.

    Project Partners

    Newmont Goldcorp

    Supporting Partners

    Central Desert Shire, Warlpiri Education and Training Trust, Warnayaka Arts Centre, Mount Theo Youth Program (WYDAC), Lajamanu School, ALPA Stores and Central Lands Council (Ranger Program)

    Tracks 2020

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Director: Adelaide Wood
    Administrator: Jessica Mellor
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateurs: Kelly Beneforti and Jess Devereux
    Bookkeeper: It Figures

    Committee Members: Venaska Cheliah (Chairperson), Andrea Wicking (Vice-Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), David Taylor, Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Max Dewa Stretton, Rachael Wallis. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray, Will Crawford and Lachlan Peattie

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Tracks Dance Company Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

    Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

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