Cut the Sky | Marrugeku
Arts House ‘Performing Climates’ | 6 – 10 July 2016
Cut the Sky by Marrugeku tells the stories of the devastating impact of extreme weather events on Australia’s environment and Indigenous communities through dance, video, poetry and song. Marrugeku members are based in Broome and Sydney and this event is part of the ‘Performing Climates’ public arts and cultural program coming the the Arts House in Melbourne.
Dance, video, poetry and song are breathtakingly combined in a major new work from intercultural and interdisciplinary company, Marrugeku.
In a burnt landscape a group of climate change refugees faces yet another extreme weather event. Propelled back and forward in time, they revisit conflict with mining companies, the destruction of fauna and the relegation of the marginalised, while contemplating the gift of life and the life-giving force of the sun. Butterflies swarm searching for water; dancers disintegrate into the light. A song is sung, calling for rain. Like climate change itself, Cut the Sky is both local and international – bringing together artists from Europe, Asia, Africa and remote and urban Australia. An ambitious and poignant meditation on humanity’s frailty in the face of our own actions, Cut the Sky showcases Marrugeku’s unique contemporary vision – restless, taut and unwavering.
Concept: Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain Poems: Edwin Lee Mulligan Director: Rachael Swain Choreographers: Dalisa Pigram & Serge Aimé Coulibaly Dramaturgy: Hildegard de Vuyst Musical Director: Matthew Fargher Media Designers & Visual Concept: Sonal Jain & Mriganka Madhukaillya (Desire Machine Collective) Set & Costume Designer: Stephen Curtis Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper Cultural Adviser: Patrick Dodson Co-created & Performed by: Miranda Wheen, Ngaire Pigram, Eric Avery, Josh Mu, Dalisa Pigram, Edwin Lee Mulligan
Cut The Sky | Marrugeku
Season 6 – 10 July 2016
Times Wed – Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7.30pm, Sun 2pm
Duration 65 mins, no interval
Post show artist Q&A Thu, 7 June, 8.45pm
Address Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Tickets Full $45 / Conc. $35 / Student $30
Bookings artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3713