Gudirr Gudirr—culturally situated neo-expressionism

Gudirr Gudirr—culturally situated neo-expressionism Book Section

Dance in Contested Land: New Intercultural Dramaturgies

  • Author(s): Swain, Rachael
  • Secondary Author(s): Swain, Rachael
  • Published: 2020
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-46551-3

Abstract: This chapter situates choreographic practice of listening to Country in the lands of the Yawuru in Broome, north of Western Australia.  In this location the legacy of entangled Indigenous Asian histories have enabled the emergence of a choreopolitical neo-expressionism in Marrugeku’s dance theatre since 2003. The chapter examines Gudirr Gudirr (2013) a solo performance conceived and performed by Marrugeku’s Co-Artistic Director, Yawuru-Bardi-Malaysian-Filipino-Irish dancer and choreographer Dalisa Pigram. Gudirr Gudirr is co-created with Flemish choreographer and director Koen Augustijnen and Aboriginal-Malaysian-Chinese visual artist Vernon Ah Kee. The chapter outlines the uncanny affects of the intercultural in thick description of rehearsal and performance, detailed through the author’s perspective as dramaturg of the production. Swain proposes how this can revise and re-orientate choreography’s relation to kinetics, emotion and intergenerational responsibilities within political histories of place.

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