The Velodrome, Millner, Darwin

    August 12 - 16 & 19 - 23, 2009
    Darwin Festival

    Capturing the dogged spirit, passion and resilience of the Northern Territory. Transforming a bicycle-racing track into a spectacular outdoor theatre, Endurance features a cast of over thirty dancers, long distant runners and bodybuilders

    Director’s Notes

    This story is set during one of our intense November build-ups, the time just before the first big rain of the wet season. Locals know this is the ultimate form of endurance. Often referred to as “Mango Madness” or “Going Troppo” this is a time when some reach the end of their tether and get up and leave town. As a constant bead of sweat runs down the back of your neck, relationships may endure or break down.

    Endurance is a story of the Aussie battler, in our case three contemporary Darwin Aussie battlers. These people want to get on with life, have dreams, fall in love, set goals, save the world, and plant seeds for the future. People just like us who know that life has its highs and lows, that things live and die, and this is all just part of the bigger journey.

    In my karate class, I watched my fellow classmate being tested for his black belt. In this endurance test, he had to fight each member of the one-hundred-strong school, starting with the newest recruit through to the most highly ranked. At the end of this, he was left alone, his body a breathless piece of quivering jelly. My heart goes out to him, but this was his choice, what he needed to do to fulfil his dream of becoming a black belt.

    Another day, I watched a young boy ride his bike down to the beach. He had a kite. Carefully he unravelled the string and ran - up went the kite, then down came the kite - it didn’t fly. Patiently he readjusted the string and again he ran, up then down came the kite. Again he made readjustments. This continued for the next hour, the sun now well set. I went down to him to see if I could help. I couldn’t. He had made the kite at school but it didn’t fly and he just wanted to make it work. As far as I know, his kite never flew but he never got flustered. I admired his endurance.

    In making this work, we thought about people’s commitment. Is choosing to run a marathon any different to committing yourself to a relationship or indebting yourself to a mortgage? To what do we commit in order to become the person we dream of being? What must we let go of? How do we deal with the things that are thrown onto our life’s path, things that appear as obstacles put there to test us? Often we are left alone to make the big decisions.

    Tim Newth

    Creative Personnel

    Direction: Tim Newth, David McMicken
    Original Concept / Design: Tim Newth
    Choreography: Joanna Noonan, Josh Mu, Jess Devereux, Julia Quinn, David McMicken in collaboration with dancers
    Original Music / Soundtrack: David McMicken
    Costume Designer / Supervisor: Lynn Ferguson
    Lighting Designer: Tristan Bourke

    Production and Promotions Personnel

    Production / Stage Manager: Kelly Blumberg
    Production Manager: Suzi Cordell
    Sound Engineer: Matthew Cunliffe
    Sound Operator: Eugenio Hallen
    Wardrobe Assistant: Matilda Studders, Sam Edwards
    Front of House Manager: Nicola Jackson
    Lighting Operator: Tristan Bourke
    Assistant Stage Managers: Mary Fox, Mara Dobrini, Jade Fitton
    Properties and Stage Construction: Don Whyte Framing, Grant Billsborrow, Chris Kluge
    Promotions / Publicity: Susan Congreve, Gail Evans
    Poster Image and Design: Mark Marcelis
    Graphic Design: Narelle Sullivan
    Photographic Documentation: Peter Eve
    Film Documentation: Cutting Edge (Todd Williams, Katie Saunders, Ian Redfearn, Andy Hyde)


    The Hot and Bothered Mother and Her Feisty Adult Daughter

    Daughter: Shaan Myall
    Mother: Shauna Ricardo
    Office: Rachel Ortner, Ruttiya Suansri, Vera Tabuzo, Sid Vemuri, Kathryn Lawrence
    Gym: Catie Kirke, Rachel Ortner, Ruttiya Suansri, Carlo Novak, Shane Shewring, Eddie Costello
    Mini Me/Kite: Tahnee Cvirn

    The Busy Superhero and His Loveable but Neglected Girlfriend

    Superhero/Boyfriend: Ricky Borg
    Girlfriend: Taylor Hailes
    Fantastic Four: Corina Nichols, Matthew White, Grant Nery, Ricky Borg
    Street/Office Crew: Vera Tabuzo, Sid Vemuri, Kathryn Lawrence
    Mini Me/Kite: Nathaniel Kelly

    The Young Asian Man and His New Found Home

    Nephew/New Land owner: Erwin Fenis
    Uncle: created for Jo Lin, due to injury performed by Josh Mu and Tim Newth
    Labourers: Stevie Kirke-Groves, Kelly Beneforti, Caleb Japanangka Patrick, Paul Coleman
    Gardeners: Tanya Esden, Ellie Johnston, Xavier Lane-Mullins, Gener Lapina, Jenelle Saunders, Enrico Escalona, Nicole Lyne, Jess Devereux (role shared between six performers each night)
    Mini Me/Kite: Jordan Medoza

    The Endurance Runners

    Karen Lewis, Phil Lewis, Kate Hosking, David Crane, Brooke Smith, Dean Becker, Steven Flynn, Chris Warfield, Clint Bailey, Seamus Christie-Johnston, Shelly Earle, Jarrad Williams, Roger Decurtins, Nikki Higgins, Rebekah Higgins, Catrina Collins, Rose Stephens (shared role across performance season)


    • Introduction
    • When we were young
    • Endurance building - trying to fly a kite
    • The principal relationship
    • All in a day’s work
    • The phone call - things change
    • Getting physical
    • The departure of the one closest
    • Facing the world alone
    • Big rain resolution with young self
    • Finale - Northern town

    Thank You

    Ushers and Front of House Volunteers, Darwin City Council, Darwin Festival, Darcy Franklin, Wayne Miles - Tin Shed Gallery, Catie Kirke, NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services Training College and its physical training team, Brenda Lord, Fiona Sommerville, Charles Darwin University, Lois’s Gymwear, Tina - Danceworld, Anne - Bay Side Dance, Finn O'Branagain, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Darwin Theatre Company, Suzanne Fermanis, Chris Kluge, Garry Ferguson, Pedro, Carl Farmer, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Anna Reece, Dennis Matthews - Telstra Shop Darwin, Damien Pree, Ray Petrie, James and his Correctional Services Team, David Taylor, Jill Vanda, Mike Clancy, James Shenfield, Kim Jackson, Helen McMillan, Top End Sounds, Wormald, Palm Springs, Temporary Fencing Hire Darwin, Darwin Party Hire, Night Watch Security, Stickers & Stuff, Quality Outdoor Exteriors, Force Rentals, Tracks’ family and friends.
    A special thank you to Theresa deGroot & Steve Tiley and all the members of the Darwin Cycling Club, more info www.darwin.cycling.bvit.com.au.


    Darwin City Council, Southern Cross Television

    Funding Bodies

    Tracks is assisted by: the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Northern Territory Government.

    Tracks 2009

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager (Acting): Susan Congreve
    Dance Animateurs: Julia Quinn, Jess Devereux
    Administrator: Gail Evans, Ciella Williams, Kelly Beneforti
    Bookkeeper: Julie Ann Stark
    Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis
    Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg

    Committee Members: (Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Vice-Chair) David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Traci Keys, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Joanna Barrkman, Donna Quong, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan

    Photo: Peter Eve
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Tahnee Cvirn
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Ruttiya Suansri, Rachel Ortner, Shaan Myall, Vera Tabuzo, Kathryn Lawrence, Sid Vemuri
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Shauna Ricardo, Shaan Myall
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Kathryn Lawrence, Shaan Myall, Vera Tabuzo
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Carlo Novak, Shane Shewring, Eddie Costello
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Shaan Myall, Shauna Ricardo
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Nathaniel Kelly
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Taylor Hailes, Ricky Borg
    Photo: Peter Eve. t - b: Taylor Hailes, Ricky Borg
    Photo: Peter Eve. t - b: Matthew White, Grant Nery, Ricky Borg, Corina Nichols
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Taylor Hailes, Kathryn Lawrence, Corina Nichols, Vera Tabuzo
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Vera Tabuzo, Ricky Borg, Corina Nichols, Kathryn Lawrence
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Ricky Borg
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Jordan Medoza
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Nicole Lyne, Xavier Lane-Mullins, Ellie Johnston, Paul Coleman, Erwin Fenis, Caleb Japanangka Patrick, Jess Devereux, Gener Lapina, Enrico Escalona
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Ellie Johnson, Nicole Lyne, Xavier Lane-Mullins, Gener Lapina, Tanya Esden, Jenelle Saunders
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Paul Coleman, Caleb Japanangka Patrick, Erwin Fenis, Stevie Kirke-Groves, Kelly Beneforti
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Kelly Beneforti, Caleb Japanangka Patrick, Erwin Fenis, Stevie Kirke-Groves, Paul Coleman
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Jess Devereux
    Photo: Peter Eve. l - r: Erwin Fenis, Tim Newth

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    Media Response

    “The high-energy production…challenges the boundaries of traditional theatre.”  Daniel Bourchier, Northern Territory News

    “Mesmerizing… emotional engaging…. It seemed like everyone belonged including the audience. The creators of Endurance know this community is connected through an inescapable, shared experience. In knowing their community so well, Tracks Dance continually adds to the unique cultural heart of the Northern Territory.” Caroline Reid, Lowdown

    Audience Response

    "I was so impressed with Endurance. Loved how there was always something to entertain the eyes, and how a journey was created for the audience, by the three different stages. And as for the soundscape...AMAZING!!"  Jason De Santis

    "Loved the show - incredibly moving & beautiful, innovative as always, inspired location and storytelling - just lovely"  Katie Saunders

    "Don't miss this if you are in Darwin!! It's awesome! "  Nim Jayawardhana

    "Another Tracks masterpiece. I laughed, I cried, you took my breath away ... Exquisite."  Gail Evans

    "Awesome show"  Nicole Boucher

    "Stunning. Each panel of the triptych a sparkling gem from the dust of the Territory itself"  Darryl Butler

    "Really impressed by the Endurance show, wonderful performances, great music and ingenious staging. Viva Tracks"  James Dunlevie

    "…a beautiful and visually stunning performance"  Eden Thomsen

    "So captivating."  Poppy Kathopoulis

    "It is a true Territory experience."  Gerry McCarthy, Northern Territory Minister for the Arts

    "…. a very memorable and thought-provoking show. The concept was realised and made visible in the multi-layering of the show both in its setting and staging, the roaming audience, the tiered levels of performance beyond the stage to the perimeters, its fantastic soundscape and in the actual content that inspired the movements and performances - this truly excited me as your unique talents in identifying performance spaces to enhance and add meaning to your concepts was yet again brilliantly done. Awesome work and once again Tracks successfully challenged and extended audiences appreciation of Dance."  Sarah Calver

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