Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers)

Djuki Mala. Photographer: Sean Young - SYC Studios

Djuki Mala. Photographer: Sean Young – SYC Studios

Nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring Production in 2014, Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) are touring nationally with their self titled and long awaited show, proudly presented by Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring.

The first leg of the Djuki Mala 2014 National Tour kicked off in February to a standing ovation at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. They toured throughout the Northern Territory and Queensland. The second leg covered Victoria with Djuki Mala returning to Darwin on Sunday 11 May for their Garrmalang Festival performance. The company have now set off on their third leg, touring throughout NSW.  The fourth and final leg takes in South Australia.

For tour dates and links to booking pages for venues, please see the sidebar to the right. Get your tickets early as shows are selling out across the country!

Read some recent media stories here:

“Vibrant celebration of ingenuity and energy” THE AGE

For over a decade, Dance innovators Djuki Mala have been exploring and re-establishing the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance.

Hailing from Galiwin’ku Community (Elcho Island) in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala have again teamed up with Creative Producer and Artistic Director Joshua Bond to create a show full of excitement for the whole family.

Djuki Mala continue to redefine the unique physical language they are known and loved for by marrying it with acrobatics and diverse flavours of dance and theatre, and their own keen sense of humour.

Djuki Mala promise audiences both laughter and insight. This is a rare opportunity to engage with performers from a very remote part of this vast and diverse country.

Djuki Mala

Images courtesy Mick Richards Photography

“The Chookys present more to an audience than one could imagine possible” The Herald Sun

“Energetic, hilarious, groundbreaking” Beat Magazine

“The Chooky Dancers threatened to upstage everything in Sight” REAL TIME

Djuki Mala became a YouTube sensation in 2007 after this three minute clip of them performing ‘Zorba the Greek’ was  uploaded and ‘went viral’:

Exuberant and unique,  accessible and popularist, indigenous and contemporary, funny and skilled,  Djuki Mala forge together different cultural traditions and contemporary forms  of dance. Blending their contemporary experience as young people with their  traditional culture, their identity as Yolngu people remains in the foreground.  Dressed in traditional costumes and ochre with gara (spears) & galpu (spear thrower), Djuki Mala create a work that is a marvel of timing, comedy  and clowning, warming both the heart and soul.

Their appearances have  electrified audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia, China  and Taiwan and have attracted huge media interest.

Follow the tour on Facebook and through the Artback NT blog.

A program for the show (pdf) can be downloaded here.

Download the Djuki Mala education kit here.

Please direct media enquires to Ben Starick:
[e] ben@starling.com.au
[t] 0411 029 3930411 029 393

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Regional Arts Fund

Artback NT

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Australia Council

Northern Territory Government

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Artback NT acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we perform or exhibit.