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Dharawungara is a collision of rituals. Joel tries to 'auto-initiate', to breathe life into this Wiradjuri rite he has only ever read about and explores a complicated relationship with the long dead Whiteman who did the writing. The audience is invited to reimagine the theatre as a ceremonial ground of light and sound, and Naretha Williams joining Bray as songwoman, with her driving beats conjuring the space around us. Together they create a site of intersection between his ancestral ceremonial practice, our collective imagination and the real ties of colonisation.
Concept, Direction & Choreography - Joel Bray
Sound Artist - Naretha Williams
Performers - Joel Bray & Naretha Williams
Lighting Design - Amelia Lever-Davison
Set & Costume - Kate Davis
Executive Producer, Distribution & Tour Manager - Alison Halit
Program Producer, Technical Production & Stage Manager - Lucie Sutherland
Creation Producers - Chunky Move
Joel Bray is currently a BlakDance, BlakForm Artist funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative. He is also Chunky Move’s 2021 & 2022 Choreographer in Residence supported by Chunky Move and the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.
In his journey to connect with tradition, Bray creates something vivid and lyrical that at once connects to the rite-of-passage denied him and yet invents its own renewal. Not to be under-estimated is Bray’s lightness of touch – Dharawungara is not a grim work in spite of its serious intent. - Susan Bendall - November 9 2018 - Dance Australia.
It’s this raw mix of Aboriginal identity with European-influenced contemporary performance art that makes Dharawungara, in all its complexity, something unique. Serious subject, peppered with humour, Dharawungara has a lot to chew on... - Stephanie Glickman - November 12 2018 - Herald Sun.
40 minutes, no interval.