Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Residency

Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Residency


    Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River), Northern Territory

    November 14 - 21, 2004

    Through the utilisation of youth dance leaders, guided by professional cultural worker this project hoped to stimulate the youth of Nauiyu (Daly River) through peer interaction, role modelling, and specific skill development. It also aims to assist in the development of Territory talent.

    There were several phases to this project.

    • Development of materials, including training in cross cultural awareness, and rehearsal.
    • A performance presentation of FAST. (Sunday November 21st.)
    • A series of workshops.
    • A short showing of student work.

    A youth company of 24 people, with six different cultures represented (Including three Indigenous) was formed for the residency. They created a 40-minute performance that was based on a full-length show called FAST. All youth were given cross-cultural training with particular reference to remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. Specific education was given to history of the area.

    The 40-minute performance of FAST was presented in the Recreation Hall in the community. The performance aimed to excite and encourage young people to attend school in order to participate in the next phase.

    Four young people, (two females, Jessica Rosewarne and Tara Robertson, and two males Marko Taopo and Erwin Fenis) remained in the community to run workshops in the school. The workshops focussed on developing movement material that the participants would perform at the end of the week. We ran seven workshops a day, and eight for two days. At the end of the week the students and staff presented a 40-minute concert to the community.

    Creative Personnel (Residency)

    Workshop Coordinators: David McMicken and Bec Reid (Stompin Youth Dance Co – as part of her monitorship to Tracks)
    Youth Dance Leaders: Jessica Rosewarne, Tara Robertson, Marko Taopo and Erwin Fenis
    Project Coordinator: Sue Mornane

    Creative Personnel (Fast Tour)

    Rehearsal Director: Julia Quinn
    Production Manager: Mathew James
    Assistant Coordinator: Tim Newth


    Jessica Rosewarne, Tara Robertson, Marko Taopo, Erwin Fenis, Kelly Beneforti, Issac Hanlon, Sachini Gamage, Daniel Baker, Vera Tabuzo, Georgia Mansfield, Victoria Close, Natalee Evans, Jensine Rickert, Wesley Camiglia, Maxi Gonzalez-Finestone and Jacintha-Lee Anderson

    Tracks 2004

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Manager: Sue Mornane
    Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
    Youth Trainee: Marko Taopo
    Bookkeeper: Heather Richards
    Development Consultant: Suzanne Fermanis

    Committee Members:  Jackie Wurm (Chair), David Taylor (Vice-Chair), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Kyleigh Hindson (Secretary/Public Officer), Ken Conway, Donna Quong, Jill MacAndrew, Kay Brown (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)

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

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