Dance

Artback NT supports dance across two very different program streams.

The Indigenous Traditional Dance Program (ITDP) operates at a community level, supporting an annual festival, DanceSite, and also supports dance groups to perform at events nationwide. The program has been running for over seven years and is currently operating out of Borroloola.

The Performing Arts Touring Program supports contemporary dance through local development and nationwide touring. In 2014, contemporary Elcho Island dance troupe Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) will tour nationally with Artback NT. Darwin-based choreographer Gary Lang is being supported with the development of a new piece, MOKUY, which will premiere in May at Darwin Entertainment Centre for the Garrmalang Festival.

Follow the links below to find out more about all of these exciting projects – and watch some great video too.

D A N C E S I T E

DanceSite 2013The Indigenous traditional Dance Project (ITDP) is a Arts and Cultural Community Development project that has been running in the NT for the past seven years in various locations. ITDP ) promotes cultural maintenance and exchange in relation to traditional dance. Read more...
DanceSite 2013. Photographer: Wayne Quilliam

D J U K I   M A L A

Djuki MalaHailing from Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala (The Chooky Dancers) explore and re-establish the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance in a show full of excitement for the whole family. Read more...
Djuki Mala performance at DanceSite 2013. Photographer: Wayne Quilliam.

M O K U Y

Mokuy - a new work in development by the Gary Lang NT Dance Company - involves challenging themes and incorporates lyrical movement accompanied by cello and traditional Indigenous music from the East Arnhem region. Read more...
Gary Lang Dance Company in rehearsal for Mokuy. Photographer: Naina Sen.

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