Wuyal - Sugarbag Man

Wuyal - Sugarbag Man


    Nhulunbuy / Yirrkala/ Garramilla Darwin / Coomalie Region

    Miku Performing Arts (Nhulunbuy/Yirrkala) and Tracks team up once again for a cross-cultural project with older adults in remote, rural and regional NT communities. Building on phase 1 of the development 'Dhangu Walu - In the Now,' the creative team use the themes of Wuyal (the ancestral Sugarbag Man) to develop shared choreography, dance, music and video stories as a way of generating engagement, sharing knowledge and connecting older adults.

    This project is underpinned by months of dance classes and workshops with older adults and Elders in Nhulunbuy/Yirrkala, Darwin and Batchelor, building resilience through; connecting people, understanding culture as a valuable community resource, sharing knowledge and fostering a strong sense of place.

    Embedded in this project is respectful two-way sharing and learning from the traditional stories of Wuyal - Sugarbag Man on the Gove Peninsula to the lived experience of life in a rural NT hamlet and a bustling regional city. 

    The physical act of coming together is key, primarily happening in each community through the dance classes/workshops and performances. It will also involve artists and cultural holders travelling between Nhulunbuy/Yirrkala, Batchelor and Darwin to share skills and knowledge, building a connection between people and place.

    Artistic Team

    David McMicken, Rachael Wallis, Banula Marika, Janet Munyarryun


    Dancers in Nhulunbuy/Yirrkala, and The Grey Panthers in Darwin & Coomalie

    Company Partners

    Tracks Inc. is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

    Project Partner

    Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
    Miku Performing Arts

    Tracks 2023

    Artistic Director: David McMicken
    Associate Artistic Director: Jess Devereux
    Creative Producer: Britt Guy
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateurs: Kelly Beneforti and Steph Spillett
    Administrator: Debbie Micairan
    Bookkeeper: It Figures
    Auditors: Brian Tucker Audit

    Committee Members: Chairperson: Max Dewa Stretton. Treasurer: Glenn Bernardin. Ordinary Members: Andrea Wicking, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Lachlan Peattie, Rachael Wallis, Anna Lindsay, Venaska Cheliah. Ex-Officio: David McMicken

    Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray and Michael Grant

    Company Partners

    Tracks Inc. is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

    Tracks Dance Company Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

    Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

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