Cut The Sky heads to the Kimberley

Gareth McKnightBroome Advertiser
Marugeku's Cut The Sky will play for three consecutive nights in Broome this month.
Camera IconMarugeku's Cut The Sky will play for three consecutive nights in Broome this month. Credit: Broome Advertiser

West Kimberley audiences will get a chance to take in the unique dance, video, poetry and song of Western Australia’s foremost international dance theatre company later this month.

Marrugeku will showcase its sixth major production, Cut The Sky, in highly anticipated shows in Broome, Mowanjum and Ardyaloon.

The Broome-based company, which was formed in 1994, has gained critical acclaim locally, throughout Australia and on the international scene for its performances over the years.

Cut The Sky has five captivating acts based on poems written and spoken by Edwin Lee

Mulligan - a Nyikina/Walmajarri man from Noonkanbah Station.

Alongside distinguished Broome favourites Dalisa and Ngaire Pigram, the concept is embedded in a collaboration with artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and remote and urban Australia.

Cut The Sky tackles the prickly topic of climate change in Australia and globally, with the opening scene commencing in a burnt landscape, where a group of climate change refugees face yet another extreme weather event.

The acts move back and forward in time, with Cut The Sky an Aboriginal perspective of looking at Country.

The show premiered to an overwhelming response at the Perth Festival earlier this year, before captivating audiences as WOMADelaide.

Marrugeku co-founding member Dalisa Pigram, who is a co-choreographer and performer in Cut The Sky, said it was special to be able to perform in Broome and the West Kimberley.

“We have wanted to do this from the beginning – we always want to return to the place productions are born out of and give the local people a chance to see the end product,” she toldThe Broome Advertiser last week.

Ms Pigram explained that the performers undertook a dance laboratory ahead of the production to get more of an affinity with the land and “listen to Country.”

This task-based process included visiting Windjana Gorge and listening to inspirational Banuba leader June Oscar and how the site was an ancient reef; the dancers’ raw responses in movement form were “mindblowing.”

Ms Pigram said that climate change and the issues that Cut The Sky address were complex, but that the show hoped to spark conversation.

“We are not speaking for one community in particular - it’s a show that includes people from all over the world and it was combined artistic response,” she said.

“I think it is important to keep into perspective that it is art – it is supposed to open things up, not close them.

“We know that it is complex – we have tried to use that to influence the responses and not tell just one side of the story.”

Ms Pigram said Cut The Sky would entertain onlookers with some dramatic scenes.

“We’re very proud of the show,” he said.

“Without giving too much away, we are looking at climate change and weather patterns changing – how we express that sometimes comes out in some magic in the theatre.”

Cut The Sky will be hosted at the Broome Civic Theatre on August 14, 15 and 16; tickets are available at [http://www.broomeciviccentre.com.au/|] .

The show will also be performed at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre on August 22 and at the Adyaloon community on August 27 and 28.

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