A cry for culture
Marrugeku, the resident company at Carriageworks in Sydney, will present a new intercultural production in August charged with political and cultural content. Called Le Dernier Appel (The Last Cry), the artists of Marrugeku will combine with artists from New Caledonia of “First Nations, immigrant and settler descent” and ask questions about cultural, political and personal decolonisation in both countries, just as New Caledonia is moving toward a referendum on independence from France (in November).
Directed by Marrugeku associate artist Serge Aimé Coulibaly – a Burkina Faso-born dancer and choreographer now living Belgium – Le Dernier Appel has been created with Marrugeku co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram as co-choreographer and Rachael Swain as dramaturg. The production has been designed by New Caledonian artist Nicolas Molé, with music by Ngaiire, Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk, lighting by Matt Marshall, costumes by Mirabelle Wouters, and performed by Amrita Hepi, Stanley Nelo, Krylin Nguyen, Yoan Ouchot, Dalisa Pigram and Miranda Wheen.
Marrugeku is dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages and operates between Broome, WA, and Sydney.
The work will be presented at Carriageworks from August 15 to 18 after which it will travel to the Centre Culturel Tjibaou Nouméa in September, and then to Belgium for a performance at the Dans Festival, Concertgebouwe, Brugge, in December.
Pictured above (left to right), Krylin Nguyen, Stanley Nalo,
Yoan Ouchot. PHOTO: ARNAUD ELISSALDE