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'Cut The Sky' Marrugeku Production 2015 - Regal Theatre Subiaco WA / Photography © Jon Green 2015 - All Rights Reserved


“Marrugeku’s grand vision has been expansive, yet inclusive; ambitious, yet achieved with modesty.
At the heart of the company’s success has been a commitment to culture and community,
and to working closely with Elders, while grappling at times with complex and controversial topics. …
This book is a fine and fitting record of all that history.” — Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson

Marrugeku – Australia’s unique Indigenous and intercultural dance company –
celebrates 25 years of ground-breaking performance this month with the online launch of its stunning book, Marrugeku: Telling That Story.

Published by Performance Research Books, Wales, and stunningly designed by Alphabet Studio with over 140 images,
Telling That Story traces our inception in the small Kunwinjku community of Kunbarlanja in West Arnhem Land
to our current homes on Yawuru Country, Broome, and Gadigal Land, Sydney.

The voices of June Oscar, Patrick Dodson, Djon Mundine, Vicki van Hout, Alison Croggan, Omid Tofighian
and more are shared through essays and interviews presented alongside script excerpts and documentation
to provide a rich representation of Marrugeku’s incredible legacy and emerging future directions.

The livestreamed launch takes place Wednesday 29 September,
6pm (AWST) | 8pm (AEST) | 11am (GMT) | 12noon (CET)

At the launch you’ll hear from editors Helen Gilbert, Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain in conversation with Latai Taumoepeau,
as well as excerpts shared by contributors.

This magnificent commemorative publication will be launched by Marrugeku’s Patron Yawuru leader Senator Patrick Dodson.

Artistic Co-director, Director & Creative Producer, Rachael Swain said:
“We are thrilled to be sharing this wonderful range of reflections on 25 years of Marrugeku’s practice.
“The array of writers from community, cultural, artistic and academic backgrounds bring their diverse perspectives
on the company’s productions and research laboratories into dialogue with each other for the first time.”

Artistic Co-director, Choreographer & Dancer, Dalisa Pigram added:
“We are honoured to join our voices with theirs to share what we have learned along the way and to celebrate Marrugeku’s journey.”

The book can be purchased from GleeBooks (AUS) and Centre for Performance Research (UK) through the following links:

Marrugeku: Telling That Story – edited by Helen Gilbert, Dalisa Pigram & Rachael Swain
Published by Performance Research Books. 385 pages, $56.


Media: the full release, book cover image, photos of Rachael and Dalisa and production images in medium size/resolution are attached.
To RSVP to the livestreamed launch and receive a link (you can view later on-demand), for interviews,
high resolution images, book contents, company info chapter, excerpts – a full view-only review copy –  and more, contact:
Geoff Sirmai Arts Publicity (612) 9345 0360 m: +61 412 669 272  e:

Book Cover image Dalisa Pigram, Josh Mu and Eric Avery in ‘Butterfly Dance’, Cut the Sky, Perth, 2015. Photo Jon Green.

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