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23–24 August 2024

Brimming over with sadness, anger, joy and steely resistance, Jurrungu Ngan-ga is a deeply affecting and urgent work by one of our nation's most innovative dance theatre companies, that confronts Australia's shameful fixation with incarceration. This breathtaking new work connects the shockingly disproportionate levels of Indigenous Australians in custody and the indefinite detention of asylum seekers in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Jurrungu Ngan-ga, translated from Yawuru as 'straight talk', takes inspiration from the words and experiences of Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson, Kurdish-Iranian writer and former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani, and Iranian-Australian scholar-activist Omid Tofighian. Blending movement, music, soundscape, spoken word and projection, Marrugeku’s unique intercultural work reflects the impact of government-sanctioned brutality. The company’s exceptionally talented dancers evoke dark aspects of the Australian psyche, drawing on cultural and community experience to move deftly between horrific surrealism, truth-telling and stunning physicality. With dark humour and courage, Jurrungu Ngan-ga interrogates our capacity to lock away that which we fear and shines a light on new ways to resist. ★★★★½ “Astonishing…. We need the politicians to see this” – Sydney Morning Herald

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Synopsis

23–24 August 2024

Brimming over with sadness, anger, joy and steely resistance, Jurrungu Ngan-ga is a deeply affecting and urgent work by one of our nation’s most innovative dance theatre companies, that confronts Australia’s shameful fixation with incarceration.

This breathtaking new work connects the shockingly disproportionate levels of Indigenous Australians in custody and the indefinite detention of asylum seekers in Australia’s immigration detention centres.

Jurrungu Ngan-ga, translated from Yawuru as ‘straight talk’, takes inspiration from the words and experiences of Yawuru leader Patrick Dodson, Kurdish-Iranian writer and former Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani, and Iranian-Australian scholar-activist Omid Tofighian.

Blending movement, music, soundscape, spoken word and projection, Marrugeku’s unique intercultural work reflects the impact of government-sanctioned brutality. The company’s exceptionally talented dancers evoke dark aspects of the Australian psyche, drawing on cultural and community experience to move deftly between horrific surrealism, truth-telling and stunning physicality.

With dark humour and courage, Jurrungu Ngan-ga interrogates our capacity to lock away that which we fear and shines a light on new ways to resist.

★★★★½ “Astonishing…. We need the politicians to see this” – Sydney Morning Herald


Presented as part of electrifying performance series

VALENCE – PERFORMANCE FOR NOW

5 SHOW PACKAGE – Save up to $125!
Book tickets to all 5 shows in the series for just $150* 

 3 SHOW PACKAGE
Purchase any 3 shows in a package and save $30^

VALENCE

* Available until 19 July 2024 for select ticket types only. Limited 5 Show Packages available. A transaction fee applies.
^ Applies to Adult Premium tickets to performances in The Playhouse, and to all Adult tickets for performances in the Courtyard Studio. A transaction fee applies.

 

Dates & Times

Friday 23 August 2024, 7pm

Saturday 24 August 2024, 2pm

Saturday 24 August 2024, 7pm (Live Captioned)

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Canberra Theatre Centre presents
Marrugeku’s
Jurrungu Ngan-ga [Straight Talk]

DURATION:
Approximately 80 minutes, with no interval.

LATECOMERS:
For most performances, latecomers cannot be admitted until a break in the performance. Please allow plenty of time to cover traffic and parking delays.

ACCESS:
The Saturday, 24 August 2024, 7pm performance will be Live Captioned.

WARNINGS:
This performance contains depictions of violence, racial abuse and police/border security brutality as well as references to self harm. This performance contains the names of people who have passed away. The performance also contains partial nudity.

This performance contains low level strobe effects and may contain haze effects.

AGE SUITABILITY:
This performance is suitable for audiences aged 15+, or with parental discretion.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
SEATING PLAN
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