National Talkblack 141021

National Talkblack 141021

We had:

Toby Adams, Director of Leading with Strength, talking about ‘Historically significant’ return to country for generations of Kullilli people. Nearly two years ago, Toby Adams founded Kullilli Ngulkana as a way to connect back with his people, country, language and culture. Since then, he has wanted to take his people back to country and, at the end of last month, he finally fulfilled that goal. More than 70 people spent the week in the small south-west Queensland town, reconnecting with and celebrating their country.

Dalisa Pigram, Artistic Co-director, Choreographer & Dancer, talking about Marrugeku marks milestone, maps next move. Pigram had been studying musical theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with influential Gamilaroi and Mandandanji choreographer and dancer Michael Leslie. Leslie invited Pigram and several other students he felt had the requisite skills to get involved, introducing them to Swain, an expat New Zealander with settler heritage, who was Stalker’s then co-artistic director. In a book launched – Marrugeku: Telling That Story – co-editors Pigram, Swain and Helen Gilbert share some of the company’s founding story.

Jo Clancy, former NAISDA Dance College graduate, talking about promoting awareness and interest amongst Aboriginal and Torres STrait Isalander people aged 16-26 in applying. NAISDA is a rich place of learning and cultural connection… and continues to create tremendous young artists and I’m proud to say many are an integral part of today’s Bangarra. – STEPHEN PAGE Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre

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