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Marrugeku - Jurrungu ngan-ga / Straight Talk

Year / Length:2021, 82' (European premiere)
Concept:Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain with Patrick Dodson
Choreography:Dalisa Pigram with the performers
Direction:Rachael Swain
Performance dramaturgy:Hildegard de Vuyst
Cultural dramaturgy:Behrouz Boochani, Patrick Dodson, Omid Tofighian
Music:Sam Serruys, Paul Charlier, Rhyan Clapham (aka DOBBY)
Sound design:Sam Serruys & Paul Charlier
Set design:Abdul-Rahman Abdullah
Costume design:Andrew Treloar
Lighting design:Damien Cooper
Co-choreography and performance:Czack (Ses) Bero, Emmanuel James Brown, Chandler Connell, Luke Currie-Richardson, Issa el Assaad, Macon Riley, Bhenji Ra, Feras Shaheen, Miranda Wheen
Co-choreography and performance (2018 – January 2022):Zachary Lopez
Production manager and lighting operator:Aiden Brennan
Co-choreography and performance in initial development:Eric Avery & Yilin Kong
Audio technician:Raine Paul
Company manager:Denise Wilson
Producer and tour manager:Natalie Smith
Additional music:Far from Home, composed by : Farhad Bandesh & Anna Liebzeit, recorded vocals sung in Kurdish : Farhad Bandesh, The Ha Dub Rewerk’d, composed and performed by MikeQ, Jalangurru Wiyi, live vocals sung in Bunuba : Emmanuel James Brown
Additional instrumental recordings:Natasha Rumiz (viola)
Additional choreography:Krump Army: Stacy Peke aka Red Ladybrui5er
Marrugeku patron:Senator the Hon Patrick Dodson
Marrugeku Board:Debra Pigram (Chair), Matthew Fargher (Secretary), Tegan Gasior (Treasurer), Nancia Guivarra, David Malacari, Ninielia Mills, Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain
Marrugeku Staffartistic co-directors:Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain
General manager:Guy Boyce
Producer and operations manager:Natalie Smith
Strategy & sales:Justin Macdonnell
Commissioned by:Carriageworks, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg with Körber-Stiftung and the City of Melbourne through Arts House
Cultural and content warning:Jurrungu Ngan-ga contains depictions of violence, racial abuse and police/border security brutality as well as references to self-harm. This performance contains the names of people who have passed away. The performance also contains partial nudity and low-level strobe light, and is recommended for ages 15+.
Note:The perfomance of the 30.07 will be followed by a conversation with the choreographers


Throbbing with sadness, anger, joy and resistance, Jurrungu Ngan-ga / Straight Talk is a powerful and provocative new dance, sound and installation work that interrogates our capacity to lock away and isolate that which we fear. Jurrungu Ngan-ga confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration by connecting outrageous levels of Indigenous imprisonment to the indefinite detaining of asylum seekers. Set within “the prison of the mind of Australia”, the exceptionally talented performers appear as figments of the Australian psyche. Individually and collectively they draw on cultural and community experience to move deftly between horror, truth-telling, and bodily resistance. Marrugeku’s unique intersectional choreography channels the impact of “denial under pressure”, colonial haunting and government- sanctioned brutality. Searing truths blend with dark humour, fear, sadness and courage to shine a light on new ways to resist and abolish.

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