Djuki Mala brings contemporary Aboriginal Dance to Newcastle

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Dance innovators Djuki Mala (The Chooky Dancers) explore and re-establish the notions of contemporary Aboriginal performance in a show that hits the Civic Theatre on May 27.

The Chooky Dancers, from Elcho Island just off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory became a YouTube sensation in 2007 after a three minute clip of them performing ‘Zorba the Greek’ was uploaded to the popular video sharing site. Since that original YouTube clip in 2007 they have gone on to create a number of shows combining reinterpretations’ of popular culture and dances with narrative and drama in a way that reflects the juxtaposition of contemporary Yolngu culture, and offer rare and insightful view into Aboriginal Australia.

The Chooky Dancers fuse traditional and contemporary forms of dance, dressed in traditional costumes and ochre, with Gara (spears) & Galpu (spear thrower) to create a work that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning, warming both the heart and soul. Behind the humor is a startling movement skill and discipline, drawn from traditional culture. Their appearances have electrified audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia, China and Taiwan and have attracted huge media interest.

The style of dancing and comedic element of their performance has its origins in Yolngu culture as much as their traditional dance. Clowning within Yolngu Culture has been around longer that many of the traditional dances themselves. It is from this that The Chooky Dancers natural flare for comedy has emerged.

For more information about the show and how to purchase tickets visit The Civic Theatre Website.

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