Riverlinks presents Djuki Mala - Chooky Dancers
Djuki Mala - The Chooky Dancers are unique and accessible, indigenous and contemporary, funny and skilled. They forge together different cultural traditions and illustrate the force of new media and the web.
Performances at 1.00pm & 7.30pm. Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)
Since that original YouTube clip in 2007 (see clip above) 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.
Always exuberant and blending their contemporary experience as young people with their traditional culture, their identity as Yolngu people remains in the foreground.
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.
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.
Their appearances have electrified audiences at major festivals and events throughout Australia, China and Taiwan and have attracted huge media interest.
Ticket on sale dates
Members Only: From Tuesday 10 December 2013
General Public: From Monday 28 January 2014