Gudirr Gudirr

In another first for the Company, Yirra Yaakin will be co-presenting the Perth premiere of the award winning Gudirr Gudirr with Marrugeku Theatre Company from Broome. This extraordinary performance of physical theatre combines the raw power of contemporary Indigenous dance with theatre and will have audiences enthralled from start to finish with a powerful and mesmerizing solo performance from Dalisa Pigram.

“Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning, the guwayi bird calls when the tide is turning — to miss the call is to drown. An intimate solo dance and video work performed by Dalisa Pigram, daughter of Broome. By turns hesitant, restless, resilient and angry, Gudirr Gudirr lights a path from a broken past through a fragile present and on to a future still in the making.

The production considers the legacy of Australia’s history for Aboriginal people in northwest Australia today and asks: what does it take to decolonise Aboriginal people’s minds, to unlock doors and to face cultural change? Gudirr Gudirr calls a warning to a community facing massive industrialisation on traditional lands, loss of language and major gaps between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous wellbeing. Drawing on a physicality born of Pigram’s Asian–Indigenous identity, and in a unique collaboration with Belgian choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, Pigram builds a dance language to capture this moment in time for her people."

Cast and Crew

Concept, Performer & Co-Choreographer: Dalisa Pigram

Director & Co-Choreographer: Koen Augustijnen

Set Designer & Video Artist: Vernon Ah Kee

Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis

Composer & Sound Designer: Sam Serruys

Singer & Songwriter: Stephen Pigram

Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall

Concept & Cultural Adviser: Patrick Dodson

Dramaturg & Creative Producer: Rachael Swain

Video Production: Sam James

Rigging Designer: Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven

Production Management: Mike Smith

Sound & Video Production & Operation: Ella Wufong