INDIGENOUS CONTEMPORARY DANCE
VIC: This amazing group gives you an up- close personal look at contemporary Indigenous dance, through its unique and ancient storytelling. Depicting Australia’s and the world’s longest living culture, articulated and performed through dance.
Welcoming all into the Dreamtime where Maurial and her troop is made up of a wide range of dancers from different parts of Australia who share a common passion to create new works evoking of past and present. Where art forms are combined to create a story of past, present, race, gender and age to evoke a formless progression and examination of life.
They recently performed at an event at the National Gallery of Victoria for the Victorian Premier.
NSW: This woman is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people of Western NSW but was raised and still lives on Gundungurra and Darug country in the Blue Mountains with her family. She became the first Aboriginal person to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in NSW in 1993.
After graduating from UWS, she worked as an independent Dance Artist performing and teaching throughout Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. In 1998 she was appointed Artistic Director of Katoomba Dance Theatre where she remained for the next 7 years, advocating strongly for youth dance.
In 2005 she returned to NAISDA as Head of Dance, a position she held for 2 years and during this time she choreographed Contemporary Aboriginal dance works for the 2006 Garma Festival in North East Arnhem Land and the 2006 Commonwealth Games Art and Cultural Festival in Melbourne, as well as refining the NAISDA courses for reaccreditation.
Since 2008 she has developed a number of Contemporary Aboriginal dance works and education projects for festivals and events throughout the country and overseas.